Indianapolis officials say they’re up for the challenge of hosting the eighth annual College Football Playoff National Championship in January 2022, even as they're planning six other big sporting events that take place within a 13-month stretch.
The governing body for college sports on Thursday announced a "temporary" lifting of a ban that prevents events like college basketball's NCAA tournament from being hosted in states that accept wagers on single games.
The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down a federal law that bars gambling on football, basketball, baseball and other sports in most states, giving states the go-ahead to legalize betting on sports. The Indianapolis-based NCAA was fighting New Jersey in the case.
Hours after former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice presented the Commission on College Basketball's sweeping recommendations for reforming a sport weighed down by corruption, NCAA leaders set in motion the process for turning those ideas into reality.
The Commission on College Basketball didn't say whether college athletes should be able to cash in on their names, images and likenesses, but Condoleezza Rice's remarks to the Indianapolis-based NCAA suggested she thinks it is good idea.
The Commission on College Basketball, led by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, sharply directed the Indianapolis-based NCAA to take control of the sport, calling for sweeping reforms. It called the environment surrounding college basketball "a toxic mix of perverse incentives to cheat."
On Wednesday morning, the commission headed by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will present its proposed reforms to university presidents of the NCAA Board of Governors and the Division I Board of Directors at the NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis.
The NCAA is being pushed to put rules in place that would ban former offenders from competing in college athletics and sanction schools that fail to weed out potential predators. That would mean stepping into complicated territory.