Mean Green Compliance: Gambling


The NCAA opposes all forms of legal and illegal sports wagering (gambling). Sports wagering has the potential to undermine the integrity of sports contests 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. For these reasons, the NCAA membership has adopted specific rules prohibiting staff members of Athletics Departments and student-athletes from engaging in gambling activities as they relate to intercollegiate or professions sporting events.

Gambling is a significant issue on college campuses. Furthermore, student-athlete involvement in gambling has produced many tragic situations, both for student-athletes themselves, and for the universities they represent. As participants in intercollegiate athletics, student-athletes often compete in contests that generate interest from those involved in gambling, and possibly organized crime. If given the opportunity, these interests will not hesitate to exploit the position that student-athletes hold on college campuses. As such, University of North Texas is firmly opposed to all forms of gambling and bribery related to intercollegiate athletics.

The University requires its staff members and student-athletes to adhere to NCAA, state, and federal laws regarding gambling. In the interest of fair competition and the growth and development of student-athletes the Athletic Department strongly urges its friends and supporters to refrain from gambling/betting on contests involving collegiate competition and to abide by state and federal laws regarding this matter.

The NCAA has established strict guidelines concerning coaches', staff members', and student-athletes' involvement in gambling and bribery. Athletic Department staff members and student-athletes shall not knowingly participate in any gambling activity that involves intercollegiate athletics or professional athletics, through a bookmaker, parlay card, or any other method employed by organized gambling.

Gambling is a serious problem and can have severe consequences for the staff member or student-athlete who may be tempted to engage in such activities. Gambling and bribery pose a significant threat to the integrity of intercollegiate athletics. The links below are additional resources in regards to the NCAA and Gambling.