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New Jersey State Senator Hopes To Ban College Prop Bets

Bill Follows Encouragement From NCAA


After the NCAA recently encouraged states to ban prop bets on college athletes, a New Jersey legislator has proposed a bill to officially make that happen in the Garden State.

State Sen. Kristin Corrado’s® new bill would bar sports betting platforms from offering these wagers in the state. The bill notes that “a sports wagering licensee shall not offer or accept any wager on a player-specific proposition bet on any collegiate sport or athletic event.”

“Prop bets have led to a rise in the harassment of student-athletes and have threatened the integrity of college sports,” Corrado noted on Twitter. “This bill will ban player-specific prop betting in New Jersey, which will help make college athletic events safer for all participants.”

Prop Bets Create Some Controversy

Prop bets have been in the news lately after NCAA President Charlie Baker came out against the wagers, arguing that they put undue pressure on athletes. Baker’s office has been contacting legislators across the country about the NCAA’s concerns.

Several states already bar college prop bets. Corrado’s bill describes prop bets as any “side wager on a part of a sport or athletic event that does not concern the final outcome of the sport or athletic event.”

This includes the over/under on a player’s points scored and other key statistics. The wagers are popular with bettors in numerous sports, but Corrado said the integrity and harassment concerns make a ban necessary to protect student-athletes.

“I have heard about many individuals who have been the victim of online harassment because they didn’t perform to the expectation of a bettor who made a side wager,” she said. “This legislation will ban player-specific prop betting in New Jersey, which will help curb that appalling behavior, and make college athletic events safer for all participants.”

The NBA is also currently investigating Toronto Raptors power forward Jontay Porter because of prop bet irregularities. Commissioner Adam Silver recently noted that Porter could be banned for life if it’s discovered he was involved.