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Betting Ban Not Discussed at College Sports Meeting
WASHINGTON — Once a top priority of the National Collegiate Athletic
Association, legislation to prohibit Nevada sports books from taking
bets on amateur athletic events did not figure prominently Monday in a
discussion of college sports reform.
NCAA officials and coaches seemed more interested in preventing
freshmen from playing on varsity teams and improving graduation rates
than on clamping down on sports betting during a meeting of the Knight
Foundation Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.
NCAA President Myles Brand insisted that a bill by Sen. John McCain,
R-Ariz., to impose the betting ban on Nevada sports books remains a
"The bill at this point hasn’t gotten to the point where we can
really say it’s imminent, and until then, I think we’ve got to work on
other aspects," Brand said.
The McCain bill and similar legislation by Rep. Tom Osborne, R-Neb.,
did not come up during Brand’s 45-minute discussion with members of the
The foundation’s commission on intercollegiate athletics was formed
in 1989 to recommend reforms in response to college sports scandals.
Dean Smith, the former basketball coach at the University of North
Carolina, said he still supports the proposed betting ban for Nevada
"They can do the pros," Smith said. "We’ve had a gambling problem
every 10 years since ’48."
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