University of Florida Compliance
Sports wagering has the potential to undermine the integrity of sports contests and jeopardizes the welfare of student-athletes and the intercollegiate athletics community. The NCAA membership has adopted specific rules prohibiting athletics department staff members and student-athletes from engaging in gambling activities as they relate to intercollegiate or professional sporting events.
A student-athlete, coach and/or employee of the University Athletic Association shall not knowingly:
- Provide information to individuals involved in organized gambling activities concerning intercollegiate athletics competition;
- Solicit a bet on any intercollegiate or professional athletics contest;
- Accept a bet on any team representing the institution;
- Solicit or accept a bet on any intercollegiate competition for any item (e.g. cash, T-shirt, dinner) that has tangible value;
- Participate in any gambling activity that involves intercollegiate or professional athletics through a bookmaker, a parlay card, or any other method employed by organized gambling.
The following activities are violations of federal law and can result in a fine, imprisonment or both.
- It is a federal offense to influence or attempt to influence in any way, a sporting contest by bribery. This statue covers not only the outright “throwing” of contests but also “point shaving” and not only to the maker of the bribe, but also the recipient of the bribe.
- It is a federal offense to make use of interstate facilities, including the telephone or mail, for the placing of illegal bets.
- A violation may result in a fine up to $10,000 or imprisonment up to five years or both.
Furthermore, in accordance with NCAA Policies:
- A student-athlete who is involved in sports wagering on the student-athlete's institution shall permanently lose all remaining regular-season and postseason eligibility in all sports.
- A student-athlete who is involved in any sports wagering activity that involves intercollegiate athletics or professional athletics, through a bookmaker, a parlay card or any other method employed by organized gambling, shall be ineligible for all regular-season and postseason competition for a minimum of one year.
Please refer to NCAA Bylaw 10.3 (link to bylaw) and the NCAA website on Sports Wagering (link to website) for a comprehensive look at rules regarding gambling.