The landscape of college sports is different now from what it was at this point last year.
In May, the Supreme Court pushed aside a law from 1992 that prevented most states from legalizing sports gambling. Now, regulating betting is in the hands of the states.
There are now three states with legal sports gambling: New Jersey, Delaware, and longtime bettors’ haven Nevada.
In addition, New York, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, West Virginia, and Rhode Island have recently passed bills.
Fourteen other states, including Iowa, have introduced a bill without its passing yet, according to ESPN.
That raises a problem for the NCAA and the Big Ten. With the legalization of sports gambling, both organizations will need to share with players what the laws really mean and how it affects them.
“First thing I would say is I think we’ve got great students playing football,” Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said. “Trust them. They’re young. We need to continue to educate them about the challenges associated with gambling and the importance of the integrity of the game.”
Gambling could create problems for coaches around the country, and Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald took a similar stance as the conference’s commissioner.