SCOTUS ruling on sports betting could clear way for Las Vegas to host NCAA championships

SCOTUS ruling on sports betting could clear way for Las Vegas to host NCAA championships.

The United States Supreme Court opened the floodgates for sports betting across the country after it struck down the federal ban on sports wagering Monday.

It’s a ruling that will likely create competition for Las Vegas, but it could also open the door for college athletics.

For years, the NCAA has kept Las Vegas at arms-length – enforcing a policy ban geared toward keeping national championship events away from states with legalized betting. On Monday, the SCOTUS ruling gave new hope that Las Vegas could host NCAA championship events.

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“While we are still reviewing the decision to understand the overall implications to college sports, we will adjust sports wagering and championship policies to align with the direction from the court,” said NCAA chief legal officer Donald Remy.

The UNLV Athletics Department is wasting no time on the possible opportunity.

Athletic Director Desiree Reed-Francois has already been in contact with the Mountain West Conference regarding potential bid submissions for future NCAA postseason events.

“Working collaboratively with local and regional leaders, we are confident that Las Vegas can present competitively to host future competitions, as there is a proven track record in hosting multiple, large-scale sporting events here in Southern Nevada,” said Reed-Francois.

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