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No standardized injury reports for 2019, NCAA says

The NCAA will not implement a nationwide injury report for the 2019 season, the organization announced on Wednesday.

Following the landmark Supreme Court decision in 2018 to lift the prohibition on nationwide sports gambling, the NCAA considered installing an NFL-style injury report for college football games.

While those in favor of standardizing injury reports viewed this as a defense against fraud, others argued that such reports would be violating the privacy of amateur student-athletes.

And now that second group has won.

The announcement was buried among the NCAA affirming that its players and coaches should not wager on sporting events, even if it's no longer illegal for the general public.

The NCAA Board of Governors has reaffirmed its support of current NCAA rules prohibiting student-athletes and university administrators from wagering on sports or providing information to others who are associated with sports wagering. It also determined that player availability reporting is not a viable option at this time.

“The ad hoc committee gathered thorough feedback from conference commissioners, athletics administrators, athletic trainers and student-athletes across all three divisions about potential player availability reporting,” Ohio State AD Michael Drake, chair of the NCAA Board of Governors, said in a statement. “The membership has significant concerns about the purpose, parameters, enforcement and effectiveness of a player availability reporting model.”

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