NCAA Pulls Out Of 2013 Women’s Basketball Regional In Trenton

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Here is a story from the NCAA which could have a major impact on UConn’s path to the 2013 NCAA Final Four, if you are one who believed the Huskies were earmarked for a trip to the Trenton Regional this season.

The NCAA has been forced to relocate several championships from New Jersey because of a new state law allowing sports wagering on professional and collegiate games.

The five championships, all scheduled in 2013, include the Division I Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships, Diving Regionals (Piscataway, March 14-17), Division I Women’s Basketball Championship, Trenton Regional (Trenton, March 30-April 2), Division III Men’s Volleyball Championship (Hoboken, April 26-28) and the Division II and III Women’s Lacrosse Championships (Montclair, May 18-19).

 All five championships will be moved to new host sites and cities, to be determined at a later time.

The NCAA championships sports wagering policy strictly prohibits the conducting of any championship session in a state with legal wagering that is based on single-game betting.  Single-game betting is defined as wagering that involves either a money line or point spread wager.  This policy is in place to ensure the integrity of the game, provide consistency in awarding NCAA championships and to address concerns for student-athlete well-being.

“Maintaining the integrity of sports and protecting student-athlete well-being are at the bedrock of the NCAA’s mission, and are reflected in our policies prohibiting the hosting of our championships in states that provide for single game sports wagering,” said Mark Lewis, NCAA executive vice president of championships and alliances. “Consistent with our policies and beliefs, the law in New Jersey requires that we no longer host championships in the state. We will work hard in the days ahead to find new suitable host locations which will allow the student-athletes to have the best possible competitive experience.”

In July, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement released proposed regulations concerning the licensure and operation of sports gambling in Atlantic City casinos and at New Jersey’s racetracks and those regulations were published in the New Jersey Register today. In August, the NCAA and four major professional sports leagues (MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL) sued New Jersey state officials in federal court seeking to stop the state from implementing sports wagering.  The suit is ongoing.

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2 thoughts on “NCAA Pulls Out Of 2013 Women’s Basketball Regional In Trenton

  1. Hada LitLlamb

    NCAA in its infinite wisdom again looks stupid. The NCAA can have it’s games in arena’s and not allow gaming in those arenas. What N.J. does outside of the arena is their business. Do they think no one bets on the NCAA games? I don’t want gangsters or those pushing the odds in with my athletes, but out side no one can stop them.

    It’s time for finer clearer minds to take over the NCAA. Maybe this issue will push them over the edge. Then we can go back to the WNIT and let that organization become the National Championship focus. The NCAA pushed the NIT out of the way and became dictators of sports.

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