Student athletes on gambling suspensions forced to wait

October 26, 2023

A vote for potential changes to sports wagering reinstatement guidelines has been delayed for two weeks.

Several student athletes who are on gambling-related suspensions have been forced to wait at least another two weeks before they can potentially start playing again, with a vote on proposals relating to reinstating athletes after sports gambling violations, delayed until November 8.

The gambling suspensions relate to student athletes who bet on their own school, but not in regards to their own sport, covering Ames and Iowa City. Before, there had been a permanent loss of eligibility when it came to student athletes betting on their own school, with an announcement made over changes being considered for this made in early October.

This decision over the delayed votes was announced yesterday by the Division I Council Coordination Committee, with a number of athletes forced to wait a while longer to know when they will be allowed to play again.

Chair of the coordination committee and commissioner at the Mid-American conference, Jon Steinbrecher, gave this statement with the announcement of the voting delay: “The council agreed with commissioners earlier this month that the penalties for wagering violations in limited circumstances should be adjusted and the respective committees moved quickly to recommend possible changes.

"However, the CCA executive committee, today, requested a brief delay to allow more time for membership feedback on the proposed adjustment, and the coordination committee voted to honor that request. The coordination committee reemphasized the need for the Association to move deliberately and have in-depth conversations about the current wagering landscape.”

The NCAA, which regulates student athletics and organizes programs, has recently been pushing for updated state sports wagering laws.


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