|In America, two university athletes have been charged with taking bets on professional sports and could now face up to six months in jail.|
The students, Andrew Shisila and Brent Decoster, were current and past members of the baseball team at Ohio University and decided to go into business in order to help pay for their education. Officials at the university near Athens, Ohio, stated that the gambling operation was exposed in an e-mail in November and that it had turned over the findings of its own internal investigation to police officials.
University sports in America are a major attraction and generate millions of dollars a year for the universities themselves along with their associated sports programmes. However, according to the rules of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) governing body, no money is to go to the athletes involved.
While the charges are misdemeanours, both could be sentenced to six months in jail and given a fine of up to $1,000 if convicted.