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NCAA rescinds ban on events in states with legal gambling

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In this April 2, 2018 file photo, Villanova players celebrate after the championship game of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament against Michigan, in San Antonio. Villanova won 79-62. The game was seen by 16 million viewers on TBS, TNT and Tru TV last week, the Nielsen company said.

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA has rescinded its policy prohibiting championship events from being held in states that have legalized sports gambling.

The expected move was announced Friday. After last year's Supreme Court decision that 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.