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NCAA Student-Athletes Can’t Even Play Fantasy Football

If you’ve watched any NFL football at all this year, you’ve been subjected to at least a couple dozen commercials for daily fantasy football on FanDuel or DraftKings.  It’s a lot of fun because it’s more immediate than traditional fantasy football.  The rate of return is fast, and if you’re best player gets hurt you aren’t stuck with him for the rest of the year.

As per usual, the NCAA doesn’t encourage its student-athletes to have fun.  NCAA VP Oliver Luck said today that student-athletes could face a one-year ban if caught participating in daily fantasy sports.  While Luck focused primarily on using the leagues for college sports, I’m sure enforcement programs at schools across the country are urging their student-athletes to stay away from FanDuel and DraftKings.

Even though it may not be that big of a deal for current college athletes, it could be something that potentially causes those in the future to lose their eligibility for a season.  It’s silly to think that a prep star could have a scholarship pulled over a few harmless bucks playing fantasy football.  Shame, shame NCAA.

Since you probably don’t have any D-1 potential, you should join the KSR FanDuel league,, and show Ryan Lemond how pickin’ players is done.  You’ve got nothing to lose, because there’s no way you could possibly be worse than Ryan.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

6 Comments for NCAA Student-Athletes Can’t Even Play Fantasy Football

  1. novalsi
    10:33 pm September 22, 2015 Permalink

    > NCAA VP Oliver Luck

    Also, Andrew Luck’s dad.

    Still though, you’re right. That’s asinine. Can they lose eligibility for gambling in a casino?

  2. Oliver
    11:19 pm September 22, 2015 Permalink

    Athletes won’t lose eligibility playing poker or the slots in a casino. They will lose eligibility if found to have bet on college or pro sports.

  3. huck
    11:37 pm September 22, 2015 Permalink

    Whats wrong with a provider/ rule maker of the provider, making some rules on how they spend what they are given… if you take this – you have to do this and this and not that.

  4. Twnky
    7:05 am September 23, 2015 Permalink

    This is the damn dumbest thing I have ever heard of. Can someone explain how putting 10 bucks into one of the said sites affects your amateur status? Its not like a kid is playing college fantasy football and looses money and says “well I’m not going to that school bc so and so played like crap and lost me my $”. Also it’s not like the schools know of the kid is playing in these leagues and can funnel money to them. I just don’t get it. GO home ncaa, you’re drunk.

  5. Towles' Man Bun
    8:30 am September 23, 2015 Permalink

    Yes, asinine. However, what NCAA Division I athlete has time for Fantasy Sports?

  6. FanDuelist
    11:05 am September 23, 2015 Permalink

    It’s really not asinine at all, Nick. There is a college football section of the daily fantasy sites. It’s a very slippery slope that could lead to a form of point shaving if the college players start getting involved in those.

    Ideally the NCAA could ban them from just the college sports areas of the website, but for ease of tracking, they went ahead and banned the whole thing. I wouldn’t be happy if I were a student-athlete, but this is really not much different than gambling on professional sports while a player (Pete Rose anyone?).