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College Sports, Division II

New NCAA Division II Interpretation: Athletics Department Staff Members Participating in a Radio or Television Show Involving Predictions of Intercollegiate Athletics Contests

On November 29, 2012, the Interpretations Subcommittee of the NCAA Division II Legislation Committee issued an interpretation concerning athletics department staff members participating on radio or television shows involving predictions of intercollegiate athletics contests. Specifically, the Committee confirmed that “it is not permissible for athletics department staff members to participate in a radio or television show involving point spreads or for purposes of predicting the outcome of an intercollegiate athletics contest.”

This interpretation referenced  NCAA Division II Bylaws 10 (ethical conduct), 10.02.1 (sports wagering), 10.02.2 (wager), 10.3 (sports wagering activities) and 10.3.1 (scope of application); an official interpretation (09/21/83, Item No. u); and a staff interpretation (8/24/90, Item No. b), which have been archived.

In light of this interpretation, the Michael L. Buckner Law Firm recommends institutions’ athletics compliance offices include the interpretation in the next scheduled rules-education session for athletics staff members and coaches.

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About Justin P. Sievert, Esquire

Bar Admissions (North Carolina, Florida and Tennessee) Practice Area (College Sports Law)

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