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Purdue faculty and students not allowed to bet on their atrocious football team

Purdue football is 1-4 straight up and 2-3 against the spread. The university is implementing a rule to prevent students, faculty, and staff from wagering on them.

Purdue Boilermakers mascot Purdue Pete waves a Purdue flag in a game against the Boston College Eagles during the first quarter at Ross-Ade Stadium. Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The state of Indiana launched sports betting on September 1, 2019, and mobile sports betting followed shortly thereafter. DraftKings Sportsbook joined in the fun on October 3rd, launching their mobile app and online sportsbook.

Several states that have entered the sports betting space have pushed to prevent betting on their local colleges and universities. In New Jersey, for example, you cannot bet on Rutgers, Princeton, or any other school in the state. You can cross the river to Pennsylvania to bet on Rutgers (if you dare), but you cannot do it in New Jersey.

Indiana is allowing people to wager on colleges and universities in the state, but they included a rule that allows individual schools to request geo-fencing to restrict wagering from the location of a particular school sporting event. You can bet on Indiana, Purdue, Notre Dame, or others, but the schools can prevent you from betting at the school itself.

Purdue has decided to push back on sports betting for those who work at or attend the university, according to WLFI 18. The Purdue Board of Trustees met on Thursday to discuss a rule that would prevent university faculty, staff, and students from betting on any Purdue Boilermakers’ teams, coaches, contests, stats, and so forth. It would cover both pre- and in-game wagering placed anywhere in the US or online or via app.

WLFI is reporting final tweaks on the policy should be in place for Purdue’s October 19th game against Iowa. Purdue’s president emphasized this was related to traditional sports betting, and not the kind of betting involved in NCAA tournament brackets.

The notion that students or faculty are not going to bet on the team because the university creates a rule is amusing at best. If someone wants to bet on Purdue football (an awful 1-4, but at least 2-3 against the spread!), they’re going to find a way. They might find a bookie on campus or use an illegal offshore sportsbook they find online. The idea that states or universities or whomever are making the situation better by pushing sports betting back into the black market is laughable.