University Of Richmond Baseball Players Suspended For Playing Fantasy Football
Five University of Richmond baseball players have reportedly been ruled ineligible by the NCAA and suspended for participating in fantasy football.
A few weeks ago the university announced that five student-athletes on the baseball team committed secondary violations and “would be ineligible for competition until the NCAA completes the reinstatement process,” ESPN reports.
A Richmond Times-Dispatch report, citing several unnamed sources, claimed that the secondary violations that the school announced were specifically related to the players’ participation in fantasy football.
Although fantasy sports are legal in Virginia, the NCAA considers any sports competitions with an entry fee to be a form of sports wagering, and a violation of their rules.
Or, “UR players suspended for being red-blooded American kids.” Meanwhile, NCAA asks you to join the Bracket Challenge! Make your picks! https://t.co/Osx15FNWQf
— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) February 28, 2017
According the the NCAA rules: “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.”
Two of the Richmond Spiders best baseball players are among the group of five who have been ruled ineligible. The Spiders have a 3-4 record on the season thus far.