College basketball fans can expect big changes in the upcoming seasons due to the Supreme Court's decision this week that allows states to independently choose whether they want to legalize sports betting.
Now, states where betting is legal, will temporarily be able to hold NCAA championship events.
The NCAA has decided to enable championship play in states where sports betting is legal. If you’re wondering about when/how Las Vegas gets might get tapped to host, the details are in this story. https://t.co/W3GT7ac4K7— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) May 17, 2018
The Professional and Amateur Sports and Protection Act has been in place since 1992, largely to protect student-athletes and the integrity of the game. Prior to this decision, the only states that were prohibited from holding championship events were Nevada, Delaware, Montana and Oregon, since sports betting was legal there. Now that these states are eligible to host NCAA events, there is some buzz about the tournament occurring in Las Vegas.
The tournament sites have been booked through 2022, but it is possible for the Gambling Capital of the World to host near 2025.
The NCAA has suspended its policy against holding championships in states where there is sports wagering. So I’m looking forward to that NCAA Tournament West Regional in Las Vegas.— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) May 17, 2018
Despite all this newfound freedom, gambling sponsorships and advertisements are still prohibited at championship events, and student-athletes and coaches are not allowed to wager bets.