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Study: One-Third of High-Profile NCAA Athletes Threatened By Gamblers


In January, Dayton men’s basketball coach Anthony Grant made headlines by directing a blunt message to gamblers he said were using social media to send hateful messages to his players.

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Discussion Questions:

  1. What did this study from the NCAA tell us about gambling on sports in the United States?
  2. Why would the NCAA commission this type of study?
  3. What is one example of a gambling scandal impacting sports in North America this year?
  4. Why do you think there have been more gambling scandals in the last two years than in the past?
  5. What are ethics?
  6. How does the legalization of gambling represent an example of an ethical dilemma?
  7. What is sponsorship?
  8. What is advertising?
  9. Why might a gambling company like MGM, Caesars, or FanDuel be interested in advertising during sporting events or sponsoring teams and leagues?
  10. Given the potential harms of gambling, such as financial ruin and addiction, and considering the threats and temptations college players face that could lead to scandals, should collegiate athletic programs and/or the NCAA allow gambling companies to advertise during events or sponsor programs? Why or why not? Be prepared to discuss your position in class.
Chris Lindauer
After working for nearly a decade in professional sports, Chris Lindauer, formed Sports Career Consulting to provide unique sports business education opportunities in and out of the classroom. In the eighteen years (and counting) that followed, Chris has inspired thousands of students to pursue their passions and explore the career of their dreams. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, two teenage daughters and their dog.


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