INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA has changed its reinstatement process for athletes involved in sports wagering.
Any athlete who bets on their own games, influences the outcome of their games, bets on other teams at the school they attend or knowingly provides information to someone involved with sports betting action could face a permanent college ban.
If a player bets on a different school in the same sport they play, they could be suspended for up to half of the season. Previous rules called for the loss of one full season. Shorter suspensions would apply to bets placed on non-college sports.
SMALLER PORTAL WINDOW: The NCAA Division I Board will consider shortening the transfer window from 60 days to 30 after data showed most transfers enter the portal in the first few days.
The window was created this year in an attempt to limit the amount of time athletes can move from one school to another and be immediately eligible to compete. Current rules give football players 45 days to enter the portal in the winter and 15 more in the spring. Athletes in winter sports have 60 days to enter the portal, while athletes in spring sports have a 45-day window.
PAY-TO-PLAY COST GOING UP?: Football Championship Subdivision schools soon could be paying a lot more to play at the NCAA’s top level.
The Division I Council is considering a proposal to increase the transition fee from $5,000 to $5 million, effective upon approval of the measure. All Football Bowl Subdivision schools also would be required to provide 90% of the allowable scholarships in 16 sports, including football, over a rolling two-year period.
The measure also calls on FBS schools to offer at least 210 scholarships per year at a price tag no lower than $6 million.