One In Three Thinks Players Shave Points in College Basketball
Half Think Most Colleges Break Recruiting Rules; 77% Want Coaches More Tightly Controlled
Nearly one in three Americans feels that college basketball players
intentionally influence the outcomes of games because of gambling
interests, according to a Seton Hall Spots Poll conducted week of March
The question is asked annually by the Poll during the NCAA Men's
Basketball Tournament, and the 30% "yes" response is the highest it has
registered. In asking the same question in the previous three years, the
yes response ranged from 23% to 28%.
In addition, 46% said they felt that most, or almost all college
basketball programs break recruiting rules, and 48% feel that college
athletes should not be permitted to go pro until their class graduates.
The poll was conducted among 701 randomly dialed adults throughout
the US (including cellphone users) and has a +/- 3.8% margin of error.
"While these responses do not reflect solid majorities, there is a
significant perception that college sports is very much flawed," noted
Rick Gentile, director of the poll, which is conducted by the Sharkey
Institute. "The numbers remain consistent, and this is an issue that
really should be addressed by the NCAA and college conferences. Imagine
if 30% of fans thought pro sports were rigged. There would be
Asked if basketball and football coaches should be more tightly
supervised by their universities, 77% said yes and only 16% said no.
The 77% figure matched last year's finding.
"This is an era of coaches making millions," added Gentile. "Some of
them seem to leave their schools with penalties imposed while they move
onto greener pastures."
Some think this wealth should be shared. Twenty-five percent think
student athletes should be paid a salary (in addition to their
scholarships) when competing in revenue producing sports, while 71% said
they should not.
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