NCAA injury debate pits player privacy vs. gambling concerns
NEW YORK (AP) – The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that allows states to legalize sports gambling has sparked a debate about requiring injury reports in college football.
NCAA leaders are analyzing whether it’s possible to have more medical transparency to prevent collusion and be more consistent. That’s a tough task with hundreds of teams balancing the rules of various universities, conferences and state and federal laws.
No formal plans have been proposed as legal experts and compliance officers analyze an issue that’s more complicated for college football than the NFL, which has a mandated reporting system.
FILE – In this Jan. 9, 2017, file photo, Alabama’s Bo Scarbrough is looked at after being hurt during the second half of the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Clemson in Tampa, Fla. Player privacy laws currently stand in the way of regular in-depth NCAA football injury reports. Yet a mandated reporting system has been proposed. The Supreme Court’s decision to allow the legalization of sports gambling up to the states sparked the idea. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
A similar system of regular in-depth reports in the NCAA would have the hurdle of privacy for younger athletes.
New rules likely won’t come soon – the new season starts in three weeks and just four states have officially legalized sports gambling.
AP Sports Writer Aaron Beard and AP freelancer Scott Held contributed to this report.
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FILE – In this Oct. 14, 2017, file photo, South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp, right, checks on running back Rico Dowdle (5) after he was injured in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn. Player privacy laws currently stand in the way of regular in-depth NCAA football injury reports. Yet a mandated reporting system has been proposed. The Supreme Court’s decision to allow the legalization of sports gambling up to the states sparked the idea. (AP Photo/Wade Payne, File)
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