Gambling in Intercollegiate Athletics: The Perception, Reality, and Consequences

explanatory Essay
1120 words
1120 words

Gambling can be found in places such as casinos, local stores, and online. Over the years, gambling has found more homes. College campuses and college sports are among the various places in which gambling is taking place. College students and more specifically student-athletes are engaging in gambling for various reasons. According to (Huang, Jacobs, Derevensky, Gupta, & Paskus, 2007)“the top 3 reported reasons for student- athlete gambling were “for fun” (75.6%), “to win money” (53%), and “for excitement (52.1%).” College students are participating in all types of gambling most of them being legal. Results from (Huang, Jacobs, Derevensky, Gupta, & Paskus, 2007) study show that “in regards to the types of gambling behavior engaged in by student-athletes during the past 12 months, among the most prevalent activities were: “Playing cards or board games for money (with family or friends)” (35.2%); “Bought lottery tickets” (33%); “Bet on games of personal skill (like pool, golf, or bowling)” (28.6%); “Engaged in some other type of gambling” (17.9%); and “Played slot or electronic poker machines” (16.9%).” However, there is a prevalence of gambling taking place on college campuses all over the country which is illegally gambling on college athletics. This form of gambling has to do with individuals placing bets on the outcome of a game based on inside information and student-athletes receiving money to perform poorly in competition just to name a few. Among these issues, gambling has become a part of society’s everyday lives with its ease of access, therefore some important things to consider when looking at gambling in intercollegiate athletics are the perspective of the gamblers (student-athlete’s, fans, college students that are... ... middle of paper ... ...dent-athletes but all those involved in college sports on gambling and its effects. Though the reality of gambling on sports is not clear at times individuals need to keep in mind why they play sports and why they love to watch sports. Works Cited Huang, J.-H., Jacobs, D. F., Derevensky, J. L., Gupta, R., & Paskus, T. S. (2007). A National Study on Gambling Among US College Student-Athletes. Journal of American College Health , 93-99. Nelson, T. F., LaBrie, R. A., LaPlante, D. A., Stanton, M., Shaffer, H. J., & Wechsler, H. (2007). Sports Betting and Other Gambling in Athletes, Fans, and Other College Students. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport , 271-283. Weinstock, J., Whelan, J. P., Meyers, A. W., & Watson, J. M. (2007). Gambling Behavior of Student-Athletes and a Student Cohort: What are the Odds? Springer Science and Business Media, LLC , 13-24.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that college students and more specifically student-athletes are engaging in gambling for various reasons.
  • Explains that the ncaa's bylaw prohibits athletics department staff and student-athletes from engaging in gambling activities that relate to intercollegiate or professional sports.
  • Explains that the ncaa has a strict policy on sports gambling for its participants, but these limitations do not apply to sports fans. student-athletes see their peers gamble most of the time.
  • Explains that the ncaa has clear punishments for student-athletes that gamble on sports. college students may be developing characteristics leading to pathological gambling.
  • Opines that there is a strong need to address the perspective of gambling on sports, and in general on every level of competition.
  • Cites huang, jacobs, derevensky, gupta, and paskus on gambling among us college student-athletes.
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