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NCAA: 'Forced To Relocate' Championships From New Jersey Over Controversial Sports Betting Law

State Also Facing Suit From NCAA And Major Professional Sports Leagues

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On Tuesday, the National Collegiate Athletic Association announced that it “has been forced to relocate several championships from New Jersey because of a new state law now in effect allowing sports wagering on professional and collegiate games.”

According to the Associated Press, New Jersey plans to start issuing licenses for sports betting to its Atlantic City casino companies in January. Racetracks would also get approval.

The 2013 events originally scheduled to take place in New Jersey that the NCAA plans to relocate include: the Division III Wrestling Championships, East Regionals, Division I Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships, Diving Regionals, Division I Women’s Basketball Championship, Trenton Regional, Division III Men’s Volleyball Championship and the Division II and III Women’s Lacrosse Championships.

“Maintaining the integrity of sports and protecting student-athlete well-being are at the bedrock of the NCAA’s mission,” Mark Lewis of the NCAA said in a press release.

He continued: “We will work hard in the days ahead to find new suitable host locations which will allow the student-athletes to have the best possible competitive experience.”

In addition to this action, the NCAA, MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL have a pending lawsuit against the state to prevent sports betting from getting underway next year.

Sports betting is prohibited everywhere except Nevada, Delaware, Oregon and Montana.

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thereyougoagain
over 9 years ago

this makes no sense..is the ncaa that naive to think betting on college sports is only going on in nevada and now conn? lol! college title games would have benefited in the form of higher attendance by having legal college sports betting in nj..just stupid to avoid nj as a venue..breaking news!!! tens of millions are bet on college sports, regardless of what states legalize it..gimme a break

 
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thereyougoagain
over 9 years ago

error... i meant in nevada and now new jersy, my bad..i was reading the college football lines while i was typing..in my massachusetts home btw..lol

 
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rmcjacket23
over 9 years ago

Not particularly hard to understand really. They don't hold professional events (MLB, NFL, NBA, etc.) or College championships in Nevada either.

It's not about being naive, it's about public perception and risk. Surely, their risk of sports betting affecting outcomes increases when they have the event in the same area where betting is legalized.

They can't control whether people bet online or illegally in other states.

 
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hookedup81
over 9 years ago

whats even better is new jersey wont let you bet on any games played in the state under the new law. completely makes no sense.

 
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