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15 U. Mass. L. Rev. 124 (2020)
Massachusetts at the Forefront: How to Protect the Most Vulnerable Group in a Post-Legal Sports Betting World - NCAA Student-Athletes

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      UMass Law Review


Massachusetts at the Forefront: How to

Protect the Most Vulnerable Group in a

Post-Legal Sports Betting World-NCAA

Student-Athletes



Dave   Wilson


15 U. MASS. L. REV. 124


ABSTRACT
Change is coming to sports gambling in the United States. No longer is it restricted
to Nevada casinos or your friendly neighborhood sports bookie. The individual
states have spoken, with state after state passing legislation authorizing legalized
sports betting. It is clear that there is an appetite for legal sports gambling in this
county. But how did we get here? And what will the ramifications be? This Note
first analyzes the keystone sports gambling case, Murphy v. NCAA, and its impact on
the destruction of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, which was
commonly  viewed as a federal ban on sports gambling. With states now able to
create their own unique laws authorizing sports gambling within their borders, it is
imperative that the legislation protect arguably the most vulnerable group affected by
the Murphy  decision: NCAA  student-athletes. There are likely many problems,
issues, and harms that current NCAA student-athletes will now face, including
temptations to fix games. These new concerns create a duty for Massachusetts to
enact sports gambling legislation with NCAA student-athletes in mind. This Note
will conclude with solutions to these newly raised issues, including proposed
changes  to NCAA   amateurism  rules as well as proposed  legislation which
Massachusetts must adopt to protect this vulnerable group of individuals.

AUTHOR'S  NOTE
B.S., Providence College; M.B.A., Providence College; J.D. Candidate, 2020,
University of Massachusetts School of Law. The  author would like to thank
Professor Jeremiah Ho for his guidance during the researching and writing process of
this Note and Professor Dwight Duncan for his continued support of UMass Law
Review. The author would also like to thank the UMass Law Review Editorial Board,
Lead Editors, and Associate Editors for their efforts in commenting on this Note and
all other Articles. Finally, the author would like to thank his family and friends for
continuously supporting his successful pursuit of graduating law school.


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