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NCAA mandates that student-athletes and athletics staff members are not permitted to be involved in any type of gambling activity that involves one of its own sports or a sport with an NCAA championship at any level of that sport (high school, collegiate, and professional). This ban also applies to pools or fantasy leagues in which an entry fee is required and there is an opportunity to win a prize or money. Examples of Gambling Activities that are prohibited by the NCAA & WSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics:

  •  Soliciting a bet on any intercollegiate or professional team
  •  Accepting a bet on any team representing WSU Athletics
  •  Soliciting or accepting a bet on any intercollegiate or professional competition for any item (e.g. cash, shirt, dinner) that has tangible value
  •  Engaging in gambling activities that do not involve the outcome of contests (e.g., fantasy leagues, picking the top scorer)
  •  Participating in any gambling activity that involves intercollegiate athletics or professional athletics through a bookmaker, a parlay card, or any other method employed by organized gambling
  •  Providing information to individuals involved in organized gambling activities concerning intercollegiate athletics competition or participants in the competition
  •  Engaging in activities designed to influence the outcome of an intercollegiate contest or in an effort to affect win-loss margins (i.e., "point shaving")
  •  Participating in a fantasy league that involves risking money or a tangible benefit for the winner(s) of the league (cash, prize, etc.)

Consequences Associated with Gambling

The NCAA is very clear regarding their stance on gambling and the consequences associated with sports wagering. Consequences of impermissible gambling activities by student-athletes are:

  •  Student-athletes involved in activities designed to influence the outcome or win/loss margins (i.e. point shaving) will be ruled permanently ineligible.
  •  Student-athletes involved in accepting or soliciting bets on their own institution will be ruled permanently ineligible.
  •  Student-athletes involved in any other type of sport wagering through organized gambling shall lose at least one-year of all eligibility.
  •  Possible suspension or termination of employment for athletics department staff members.

For more information regarding gambling activities, visit the following NCAA website:

Washington State Cougars Compliance