NCAA survey finds 58 percent of college-aged people engaged in sports betting

A new survey from the NCAA shows that betting among college students might be more commonplace than previously thought.

The findings from the NCAA survey revealed that 58% of the college-aged people polled “have participated in at least one sports betting activity” in the last year.

SBC Americas shared that the NCAA did clarify that there wasn’t a significant number to distinguish in the results between college athletes and non-college athletes in the nationwide survey of 3,527 individuals. Respondents in the April poll were between the ages of 18 and 22.

The NCAA said 1,702 of those participants are pursuing higher educational degrees.

However, it’s possible the survey population did include NCAA athletes, who are prohibited from engaging in sports betting of any kind.

Frequency rates varied among college-aged students polled; 57.6 percent of the people said they engaged in sports betting either few times a year (35.7 percent) or once a year/less frequently (21.9 percent).

Only four percent said they engaged in sports betting on a daily basis.

The survey also found that college students who live on campus have a higher likelihood to engage in sports betting.

The NCAA reported that “67 percent of individuals that live on a college campus while pursuing a degree are bettors, and they also tend to bet at a higher frequency. However, those on campus tend to wager smaller amounts and suffer smaller losses than their peers.”

The college athletics world has seen various controversies pop up in recent weeks, from one college self-reporting gambling violations to another firing its baseball coach over a gambling-related issue.

However, the NCAA’s latest data shows that sports betting is prevalent on college campuses, and that athletes could factor into that equation more than previously thought.

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