US Senate Will Have a Hearing Whether and How to Protect College Sports Integrity

July 20, 2020 John Isaac

Athletes who take part in the college sports will be a subject of hearing in the US Senate Judiciary Committee regarding the dignity of the university sport next week.

On Thursday EPSN announced that a Wednesday hearing entitles student-athletes to take up the name, picture, and likeness of the players to compensation during the college games which will concentrate on future federal legislation. The hearing would be called “Protecting the Integrity of College Athletics”.  Moreover, representatives are also preparing to speak about the effect of gambling on college sports.

US Senate BuildingWhilst most sports fans are likely to concentrate more on the name, image, and likeness debate, there will be important evidence regarding sports betting and whether Congress is involved in controlling the practice federally.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) introduced the Fairness Act in mid-June, which seeks to implement rules to provide NIL compensation to players. There will be other state NIL payments.

Sports betting is not centered, but it is a fascinating subject for the president of the Judiciary Committee Sen. Lindsey Graham. In 2000, Graham sponsored laws aimed at prohibiting university sports, including in Nevada. He faced Nevada ‘s gaming opposition and the bill didn’t pass.

In Many States Sports Betting in College Sports Is Forbidden

At a conference of the Aspen Institute last December, a former sports coach from the University of Texas told participants that the two-term senator is working on a bill shielding athletes.

When the states adopt laws on the legalization of sport betting in their jurisdictions, the regulation of university sports is not standardized.

Oregon is the only state that allows sports bets on any school game by fully prohibiting the sanctioned sports sportsbook. Many other states such as New Jersey, Illinois, or New York are forbidden from betting on colleges in which any national team or game in that state is involved.

Colleges in several states have initiated a full-fledged press to discourage their lawmakers from encouraging their sports teams to make bets. College administrators have challenged the public to make unambiguous bans and to determine the wagering styles available. According to them, it was to discourage compulsion and threats from their employers, who may have lost money due to their results, from their student-athletes.

Reviewers of the effort to ban college sports betting argue that banning licensed sportsbooks from betting encourages unlicensed and unaccompanied sportsbooks to take further action and also allows student-athletes to face threats and abuse. Monitored sportsbooks can also identify malicious betting conduct and notify authorities when integrity issues are discovered.

The Supreme Court Allowed States to Legalize Sports Betting In 2018

As previously mentioned, the idea is to protect the integrity of college sports as now more than ever could be abused. In 2018, the Supreme Court decided to remove the federal ban that was prohibiting sports betting in states all over the country (except Nevada). With the removal of that ban was given states the permission to decide for themselves whether they want sports betting to be legal within their borders or not.

Many states have since legalized sports betting while many others are about to do that in a near future.

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