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Fantasy Leagues
NCAA Bylaw 10.3

Introduction.
With the popularity and availability of the Internet, gambling, sports wagering, and fantasy leagues have seen a dramatic increase in participation over the past several years. Although such activities are easily accessible and quickly available to you, it is impermissible under NCAA rules and you could jeopardize your eligibility by participating in any of the aforementioned activities -- including fantasy sports leagues that involve money. If you are involved in any fantasy sports league that involves the exchange of money, prizes, or any other tangible item of value, you may be declared ineligible for all regular season and postseason competition for at least one year. If it is free to enter a fantasy league and there are no prizes awarded -- however insignificant -- then it would be permissible to participate in such a league. Please read the following NCAA Bylaw regarding gambling activities and the question-and-answer session that follows. Also, a printable chart is available.

The Text.
NCAA Bylaw 10.3 - Gambling Activities.
Staff members of a member conference, staff members of the athletics department of a member institution and student-athletes shall not knowingly:

(a) Provide information to individuals involved in organized gambling activities concerning intercollegiate athletics competition;
(b) Solicit a bet on any intercollegiate team;
(c) Accept a bet on any team representing the institution;
(d) Solicit or accept a bet on any intercollegiate competition for any item (e.g., cash, shirt, dinner) that has tangible value; or
(e) Participate 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.

10.3.1 0 - Sanctions.
The following sanctions for violations of Bylaw 10.3 shall apply as follows:

(a) A student-athlete who engages in activities designed to influence the outcome of an intercollegiate contest or in an effort to affect win-loss margins (i.e., "point shaving") or who solicite or accepts a bet or participates in any gambling activity through a bookmaker, a parlay card or any other method employed by organized gambling that involves wagering on the student-athlete's institution shall permanently lose all remaining regular-season and postseason eligibility in all sports.

(b) A student-athlete who solicits or accepts a bet or participates in any gambling activity that involves intercollegiate athletics or professional athletics or professional athletics, through a bookmaker, a parlay card or any other method employed by organized gambling, shall be ineligible for all regular-season and postseason competition for a minimum of a period of one year from the date of the institution's determination that a violation has occurred and shall be charged with the loss of a minimum of one season of competition. A request for reinstatement may be submitted on behalf of a student-athlete who has participated in such activity only upon fulfillment of the minimum condition indicated above. If the student-athlete is determined to have been involved in a subsequent violation of any portion of Bylaw 10.3, the student-athlete shall permanently lose all remaining regular-season and postseason eligibility in all sports.

Question-and-Answer Session.
Q: May a student-athlete place a bet with a student bookmaker?
A: No. It is not permissible for a student-athlete to use a student bookmaker to place bets or any other method employed by organized gambling.

Q: May a student-athlete place a wager on any sporting event at my school?
A: No. According to NCAA regulations, student-athletes, coaches, or other staff members of the athletics department shall not knowingly solicit or accept a bet on any intercollegiate team representing the institution.

Q: Is a student-athlete allowed to gamble on the Internet?
A: No. Student-athletes are not allowed to gamble on the Internet. Not only is Internet gambling considered an NCAA violation, it is also illegal.

Q: May a student-athlete solicit or accept a bet on any professional sports team?
A: No. Student-athletes and athletics department staff are prohibited from participating in any gambling activity associated with professional sports in those sports that the NCAA conducts a championship. Permissible gambling activities for those who are of legal age would include: horse racing, dog racing, and casino games (e.g., blackjack, slot machines, etc.).

Q: May student-athletes, or athletics department staff members, participate in office pools for the NCAA March Madness Tournament?
A: No. Student-athletes and staff are not permitted to participate in office pools for an NCAA tournament by filling out brackets or any other related activity because that is a form of gambling associated with an NCAA championship.

Q: Are fantasy football and baseball leagues permissible gambling activities under NCAA regulations?
A: No. Because fantasy leagues (football, baseball, basketball, hockey, golf, etc.) involve using "real" players in professional sports, it is considered an impermissible gambling activity. If you do not wager tangible items (i.e., cash, dinner, a shirt, etc.) then it would be permissible.