NCAA removes championships from New Jersey following gambling law
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - The NCAA announced Monday it will remove several championships from New Jersey following a new state law allowing sports wagering on professional and collegiate games.
The NCAA along with the MLB, NFL, NBA and NHL filed a law suit against the state in August to stop the new law, but the case is still ongoing.
"Maintaining the integrity of sports and protecting student-athlete well-being are at the bedrock of the NCAA's mission, and are reflected in our policies prohibiting the hosting of our championships in states that provide for single game sports wagering," NCAA executive vice president of championships and alliances Mark Lewis said in a statement.
"Consistent with our policies and beliefs, the law in New Jersey requires that we no longer host championships in the state. 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."
The NCAA championships sports wagering policy strictly prohibits the conducting of any championship session in a state with legal wagering that is based on single-game betting. Single-game betting is defined as wagering that involves either a money line or point spread wager.
The championships canceled include the 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.
All five championships will be moved to new host sites and cities, which will be determined at a later time.
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