• NCAA President Charlie Baker stated that the NCAA aims to ban college prop betting across the country.
  • Maryland, Ohio, and Vermont have already removed college prop bets from their regulated sportsbooks.
  • The college prop bet bans don’t apply to internationally licensed sportsbooks like Bovada and BetOnline.

INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA has shown they want to get rid of college player prop betting through requests to different states, but they made it official in a statement on Wednesday morning. NCAA President Charlie Baker said they’ll be reasoning with state officials across the country to remove legal sports betting on college player props.

“This week we will be contacting officials across the country in states that still allow these bets and ask them to join Ohio, Vermont, Maryland, and many others and remove college prop bets from all betting markets,” said President Baker in a news release. “The NCAA is drawing the line on sports betting to protect student-athletes and to protect the integrity of the game…”

The NCAA has been working on this since February, when Ohio banned college player prop betting per request of the NCAA and Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. The Ohio Casino Control Commission’s Executive Director cited player safety and integrity as motivating factors for the ban.

Maryland banned college player prop betting roughly two weeks after Ohio, making it three states with complete bans on college player prop betting in addition to Vermont. Other states don’t allow betting on in-state colleges, but Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, and Wyoming are the only four remaining states without some kind of college betting limitations.

Statement Comes In The Middle Of March Madness

The NCAA and Baker’s statement was released just one day before college basketball betting on the Sweet Sixteen. Arguably the biggest men’s and women’s college sporting event of the year, the NCAA wants to protect their athletes from harassment because of player props.

Michigan has no bans on college prop betting but they are a host for the Midwest Region’s Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight games. Perhaps the NCAA will request Michigan to ban college player props before top talents like Zach Edey and Dalton Knecht arrive to Detroit, Michigan.

Luckily internationally licensed sportsbooks like Bovada offer legal college player prop betting in all states except Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Nevada. Bovada is federally legal and has accepted U.S. players for over 20 years.

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