North Carolina Lawmakers Introduce Bills To Ban College Player Prop Bets

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North Carolina Lawmakers Introduce Bills To Ban College Player Prop Bets
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Two North Carolina lawmakers have filed bills to ban college and amateur player proposition bets.

Under House Bill 967, filed this week by state Rep. Marcia Morey, D-Durham, proposition bets would be prohibited on college and amateur "individual" action, statistics and more. Amateur competition would include Olympic events. Morey is a former Olympic swimmer.

In the state Senate, Sen. Julie Mayfield, D-Buncombe County, filed an identical measure, Senate Bill 788

If approved, the ban would become effective on July 1, 2024.

Known as prop bets, these wagers allow bettors to put money on an athlete's performance, such as the over/under on the number of rebounds a basketball player might record during a game.

The bills also would ban in-person betting eight hours "before or during any college sports events at the sports facility or adjacent to the sports facility."

Recently, NCAA President Charlie Baker called upon states to ban college player prop bets, contending those wagers could undermine the integrity of competition and result in athletes being harassed.

It is unclear whether the effort ban college player prop bets will be successful in North Carolina. State Rep. Jason Saine, R-Lincoln, has expressed doubts that a ban would end player harassment, saying authorities instead should crack down on those making threats. Mobile sports betting became legal in North Carolina last March.

This year’s legislative short session began in Raleigh on April 24 and is set to end July 31.

Bans Drive Bettors To Illegal Sites, Casino Executive Says

In some states, including Arkansas, college player prop bets remain legal. During a recent interview on’s ”The Edge,” Arkansas casino executive Carlton Saffa said a ban will drive bettors to unregulated sites and illegal bookies, where irregularities will go unnoticed.

Others states have approached the concept differently. In Mississippi, a ban was already in place when the NCAA president urged states to prohibit college player prop bets. Next door in Louisiana, state regulators have set Aug. 1 as the date when a ban will begin.

For more on sports betting legalization in general nationally, click here.

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