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Good news: Nevada can now host NCAA championship events

Peccole Park
Peccole Park could now host NCAA Regionals following a ruling announced Friday. (Chris Murray/NSN)

The Silver State got some good news Friday: It can now host NCAA championship events.

The NCAA rescinded its policy prohibiting championship events from being held in states that have legalized sports gambling in a move that had been expected after it temporarily lifted the ban in May 2018.

After last year’s Supreme Court decision opened the door for states to sponsor legalize sports betting, the NCAA indefinitely suspended the policy that previously had kept events such as the men’s basketball tournament out of Nevada.

With legal sports gambling having already spread to seven other states, the ban became impractical. In March, Mississippi State hosted NCAA women’s basketball tournament games. The state has allowed betting on games since last summer.

The NCAA Board of Governors also reiterated the association’s call for federal regulation of sports wagering and an exemption on legal betting on college sports.

While the Nevada Wolf Pack is unlikely to land NCAA Tournament games, it could now host NCAA Regionals in baseball or softball if it puts itself in that position with an excellent season. More likely, Las Vegas could become a destination for major NCAA events like the College Football Playoffs or the Final Four.

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