Sports Wagering

NCAA Bylaw 10.3 prohibits student-athletes and athletic department staff members from engaging in gambling activities as they relate to intercollegiate or professional sporting events.

You may not place any bet of any sort on any college or professional sports event.

You may not give information to anyone who does place bets on college or professional sports.

That means:

  • No wagers for any item (e.g., cash, shirt, dinner) on ANY professional or college sports event, even those that do not involve your college.

  • NO sports “pools” – including NCAA Tournament Brackets, even those that don’t involve your college.

  • NO Internet gambling on sports events

  • NO fantasy leagues that award a prize and require a fee to participate.

  • NO sports wagering using “800” numbers.

  • NO exchange of information about your team with ANYONE who gambles. In other words, no information about injuries, new plays, team morale, discipline problems, or anything else.

    The Consequences:

    NCAA rules are clear. The minute you are discovered to have made a bet of any kind on any college or professional sport.

    Or have given information to someone who does gamble.

    You are declared ineligible to compete in college sports. You are off the team.

    If you accept or place a bet on any college or professional team other than your own, you will automatically be suspended for a minimum of one year and be charged with a season of competition.

    If you accept or place a bet on any team at your school, you will be permanently ineligible.

    You risk losing your sports scholarship, being expelled from the school altogether, and/or being banned from other college and professional sports.

    You will run the risk of being arrested and charged with a crime. That’s because sports wagering is illegal. Sports bribery is also illegal.

    As a WVU student-athlete, you cannot purposely affect the outcome of a contest to assist a person involved in sports wagering/gambling to collect a bet. Throwing a game will result in a loss of your eligibility, scholarship and could result in jail time.

    Finally, you must notify the Director of Athletics if you are approached by any individual who has interest in placing a bet on a contest that West Virginia University is involved in or any other Division I member institution is involved in.