That's why NCAA rules prohibit sports betting of any kind by college students, athletes, coaches, or anyone else involved in college sports. As a college student and athlete, you must follow the NCAA rules. One of the rules, NCAA Statutes 10 and 3, specifically prohibits sports gambling. In their eyes, paid fantasy leagues are really gambling.
At least that's what Oliver Luck, the organization isn't. Even though NCAA regulations prohibit sports betting for money, 26 percent of male student athletes say they do just that, and 8 percent bet on sports at least once a month. While I totally agree that this is more stupid than the NCAA (oh, and to hell with the NCAA), fantasy sports are games of chance and could be a very easy way to get money into the hands of student athletes. An excerpt from the Institute of Sports Science's guide to understanding and supporting the mental well-being of students and athletes.
The most effective ways to influence student-athletes not to bet on sports (as reported by student-athletes who bet on sports last year). While most sports betting between students and athletes is placed only between friends and teammates, many now place bets on online sites or use bookmakers that they can easily access through their smartphones. A rule enforcement apparatus generally benefits from having more rules, but the NCAA would do well not to treat something as benign as playing Fantasy Football as a gateway to, I don't know, throwing games at the behest of a crime syndicate. I was studying as an athlete at university and they told me that as long as I didn't bet on college sports I was doing well.
Men who participate in NCAA golf are approximately three times more likely to bet on sports (or to engage in other gaming behaviors) than other student-athletes. More than 80 percent of athletes said they didn't know that joining a paid fantasy league was a violation of the NCAA. The NCAA suspended five baseball players from the University of Richmond for participating in Fantasy Football. Nor do these kinds of things go against the perception that the NCAA focuses on these kinds of obviously inconsequential things and, at the same time, selectively enforces its rules when it comes to flagship programs in flagship sports.
The suspension is a function of the fact that the NCAA treats standard Fantasy leagues like betting. Twenty percent of NCAA athletes admit to participating in fantasy sports leagues with entry fees and cash prizes, according to a survey conducted last year by the NCAA. To protect the integrity of college sports competitions, NCAA rules prohibit student-athletes from betting money on any sporting event (college, professional, or otherwise) in which the NCAA organizes college championships. Self-stated personal beliefs of student-athletes about sports betting (all divisions, among student-athletes who reported betting on sports in the past year).
However, for student-athletes, sports betting can have negative consequences, even if the behavior is not classified as excessive or pathological.