posted Mar 2, 2017, 7:48 AM by PHS Warrior Beat

By: Caleb Abbott.

    Fantasy football, along with many other fantasy sports series is a big industry within the U.S today. Most of the time you can find young adults, particularly in high school and college, participating in these “games”. However, to 5 Richmond baseball players, they quickly learned that you are not allowed to play fantasy sports while on a college team.

    The NCAA has suspended five University of Richmond baseball players because they took part in Fantasy football. “Two of the suspended players -- junior right-hander Keenan Bartlett and senior INF/DH Kurtis Brown -- are among the Spiders’ most valuable contributors this season” reported John O’Connor of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

    The players will remain suspended until the NCAA finishes their investigation.

    The suspension is a function of the fact that the NCAA treats standard Fantasy leagues just like gambling. “ Fantasy sports is a form of sports wagering”, which is stated to be intolerable in the NCAA’s rules.

    The rule states ”You are not eligible to compete if you knowingly participate in any sports wagering activity that involves intercollegiate, amateur or professional athletics, through a bookmaker, a parlay card or any other method employed by organized gambling. Examples of sports wagering include, but are not limited to, the use of a bookmaker or parlay card; internet sports wagering; auctions in which bids are placed on teams, individuals or contests; and pools or Fantasy leagues in which an entry fee is required.”

     The suspension has created somewhat of an argument since the NCAA does support the gambling in some ways. For example, during March Madness, the NCAA advertises to participate in making a bracket. Rules are rules, and the players need to be respectful of them. But the NCAA should also be more mindful of what they are advertising.

Edited By: DB Uploaded:3/2/2017