October 16, 2012

NCAA to Move Division II, III Women's Lacrosse Championships

by Corey McLaughlin | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter

Trinity upset Salisbury in the Division III women's lacrosse championship game at Montclair State last year. The championship was to be played in New Jersey again, but will be relocated because NCAA policy conflicts with proposed new law in the state allowing sports betting.
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The NCAA announced Monday it will relocate six 2013 championship events, including the Division II and III women’s lacrosse championships, because of a proposed new state law in New Jersey allowing sports betting on professional and collegiate games.

The D-II and D-III championships were scheduled to be played at Montclair State in New Jersey May 18-19, but will be moved to a site “to be determined at a later time,” the NCAA announced.

Other championships affected are Division III wrestling, Division I men’s and women’s swimming and diving and Division III men’s volleyball.

NCAA policy prohibits holding any championship in a state with legal wagering that is based on single-game better, or wagers that involved either a point spread or money line.

New Jersey is seeking to offer legalized sports betting, and on Monday said it could start issuing licenses on Jan. 9, assuming an ongoing federal lawsuit filed in August by the NCAA and the four major professional sports leagues (MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL) is not successful.

The state Division of Gaming Enforcement published regulations for sports betting on Monday in the New Jersey Register. A federal law currently bans sports betting in all but four states, but a representative for the state of New Jersey told the Associated Press on Monday that the state “will begin processing applications submitted by any interested party … We are confident that there will be no legal impediments.”

“Maintaining the integrity of sports and protecting student-athlete well-being are at the bedrock of the NCAA’s mission, and are reflected in our policies prohibiting the hosting of our championships in states that provide for single game sports wagering,” said Mark Lewis, NCAA executive vice president of championships and alliances. “Consistent with our policies and beliefs, the law in New Jersey requires that we no longer host championships in the state. We will work hard in the days ahead to find new suitable host locations which will allow the student-athletes to have the best possible competitive experience.”

Last year, Trinity beat Salisbury at Montclair State to win its first Division III lacrosse title. The Division II women’s championship, won by C.W. Post over West Chester, was held at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky., as part of a Division II national championships festival that featured 76 teams.

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