Collegiate sports' gambling is a national problem. NCAA rules do not permit student-athletes or Intercollegiate Athletics Staff members to place bets legally or illegally on professional or collegiate sporting events. Per NCAA Bylaw 10.3 Saint Mary's College Student-athletes and Athletic Department Staff Members shall not knowingly:
(a) Provide information to individuals involved in any type of organized gambling activities concerning intercollegiate athletics competition;
(b) Solicit a bet on any intercollegiate team;
(c) Accept a bet on any team representing the institution;
(d) Solicit or accept a bet on any intercollegiate competition for any item (e.g., cash, shirt, dinner) that has tangible value; or
(e) 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.
(a) A student-athlete who engages in activities designed to influence the outcome of an intercollegiate contest, or to affect win-loss margins (point-shaving), or who solicits or accepts a bet or participates in any gambling activity through a bookmaker, parlay card or any other method employed by organized gambling that involves wagering on the student-athlete's institution shall permanently lose all remaining regular-season and postseason eligibility in all sports.
(b) A student-athlete who solicits or accepts a bet or participates in any gambling 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 and shall be charged with the loss of a minimum of one season of competition.
The following is the NCAA's position on gambling:
"The NCAA opposes all forms of legal and illegal sports wagering. Sports wagering has the potential to undermine the integrity of sports contest and jeopardizes the welfare of student-athletes and the intercollegiate athletics community. Sports wagering demeans the competition and competitors alike by a message that is contrary to the purposes and meaning of 'sport.' Sports competition should be appreciated for the inherent benefits related to participation of student-athletes, coaches, and institutions in fair contests, not the amount of money wagered on the outcome of the competition."