As is, the NCAA does not allow championship events to take place in states where gambling is legal, which is why Las Vegas never hosts any NCAA tournament games. Vegas does however host Pac-12, the Mountain West, the WCC and the WAC conference tournaments.
Although on Wednesday, NCAA president Mark Emmert said that there will be a “robust conversation” about changing the NCAA’s stance on Las Vegas. Emmert went on to say that the Board of Governors “has expressed a willingness to review it and think about it and see if it makes sense or not.”
There is a group currently trying to bring the entire Sweet 16 round of the Women’s NCAA tournament to Las Vegas while the Mountain West is leading the push for a proposal that would change that legislation, which will be heard at an NCAA convention next month, according to CBS Sports.
Despite the possible change of heart on gambling, Emmert said Daily Fantasy companies Draft Kings and Fanduel will not be allowed to advertise during the NCAA tournament.
Emmert commented saying, “here we’ve got rules that say if a student participates in this activity, he’ll be suspended and — oh, by the way — we’re advertising it. That sends a completely wrong message.”
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