The National College Athletics Association has made no secret of the fact that it’s no buddy of daily fantasy sports in days gone by, but the suspension system of five University of Richmond’s baseball players for engaging in the contests is met with incredulity this week.
University of Richmond baseball celebrity Keenan Bartlett, ranked in the top 100 juniors in america, is one of five players suspended by the NCAA for playing ‘fantasy football.’
Among them are two associated with the team’s top players: Keenan Bartlett, rated among the top 100 juniors in the country; and Kurtis Brown, a first-team all-A-10 choice last season.
All five have been suspended since prior to the team’s season-opener on February 17, and remain so, until the NCAA gets around to addressing their status.
Richmond had announced simply that the players were out due to ‘NCAA secondary violations’ but two sources that are separate the Richmond Times-Dispatch this week the five players had been involved in ‘fantasy football,’ by which it’s assumed they mean DFS.
Virginia Very First State to Regulate
This really is ironic that Virginia became the first state to legalize and regulate DFS, in March last year, and almost most of the bills to control the contest, passed in eight states over past year, stipulate that playing on college or amateur sports is strictly forbidden.
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