NCAA, the collegiate governing body, has decided to end its policy that prevented championship games from being held in states with legalised sports betting.
The policy prohibited title games, such as the March Madness final, from being held in places like Las Vegas, where single-game sports betting is legal.
“While the board stressed that an exemption of college sports in any federal or state legislation is desired, it emphasised that any proposed legislation should protect student-athlete well-being and the integrity of games,” reads an NCAA statement.
NCAA President Mark Emmert said that sports betting has a significant impact on everything they do in college sports. “It’s going to threaten the integrity of college sports in many ways unless we are willing to act boldly and strongly,” he added.