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Purdue students not happy about university banning Boilermaker betting

Purdue students are voicing their opinions about their university banning them from betting on the Boilermakers.

Posted: Oct 11, 2019 12:22 AM
Updated: Oct 11, 2019 12:24 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- Purdue students are voicing their opinions about their university banning them from betting on the Boilermakers.

The measure was passed unanimously by the board of trustees earlier Thursday.

It includes students, faculty and staff.

"I don't know why we wouldn't be allowed to," said Purdue student Hagen McHenry. "Doesn't really make sense to me."

McHenry is talking about his Boilermakers. He can't bet on them anymore.

"I'm a citizen of Indiana," said McHenry. "I don't know why I wouldn't have that right."

Student don't have the right to throw some money on the gold and black or have a little parlay magic with their Boilers.

Indiana passed a law legalizing sports betting September 1st.

The Indiana Gaming Commission said that opening month of sports betting attracted more than $34 million in wagers; 60 percent of those on football.

Purdue leaders said right now faculty and staff could be fired if they get caught betting on the Boilers, but no punishment yet for students.

"I mean online stuff is kind of hard to catch anyway so it doesn't really matter if it is legal," said Purdue student Raj Patel.

The board of trustees still has some minor tweaks to make.

"It just doesn't make sense to me," said Purdue student Daniel Young. "Faculty I get, but not really the students."

A Nielsen study from 2018 finds most sports bettors are in the 18-34 range.

Purdue athletics released this statement Wednesday:

"Today's action by the board of trustees sends a strong message of support to our student-athletes. They can be confident in conducting their daily business on campus without fear of being compromised for information or in other ways that might be connected to sports gambling activities."

Purdue plans to have this in affect by October 19th.

We reached out to the Indiana Gaming Commission for a comment but have not yet heard back.

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