New Mexico’s Isleta Resort and Casino have decided to allow wagering on collegiate football and basketball games even when it involves in-state teams.
The gambling facility will now reportedly accept wagers on the University of New Mexico Lobos and New Mexico State University Aggies from the coming season.
“There is a huge Lobo and Aggie following in this market,” Isleta Resort & Casino CEO Harold Baugus said. “We feel there is enough training and measures in place that taking bets on UNM and NMSU games won’t be a problem.”
NCCA which has been at the forefront of the campaign against University sports gambling is yet to respond to the decision. However, it also remains to be seen how their decision would impact UNM and NMSU athletic programs.
“We already communicate with our donors and student-athletes all the time about the NCAA rules and regulations regarding sports betting and will continue to do so,” UNM athletic director Eddie Nuñez said. “But now, the fact is we’re going to have to do more.”
The officials also said that there are compliances offices across the country which have been creating awareness around the athletic departments.
While sports gambling has been legal in New Mexico for about two years, Isleta Casino Resorts would be the first to allow wagering on in-state university games.