Word came down from Indianapolis on Tuesday that NCAA student athletes face a loss of eligibility for participating in fantasy draft sites such as FanDuel and DraftKings as part of the continued effort to curb gambling among college athletes. Single-day cash games through these fantasy draft sites are considered legal in the United States because of the interpretation of the contests as “skill-based gaming”.
With significantly blurred lines between the skill involved in selecting players who in no way are controlled by the participant and the skill involved in successfully navigating through a game with cards the participant is dealt, the NCAA decided to remove any gray area and include fantasy drafts in their definition of gambling, much like NCAA bracket pools.
As with any NCAA clarification of existing rules, it’s not uncommon for sanctions to quickly follow the announcement to set precedent and serve as an example of the seriousness of the regulations.
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