Las Vegas The State Gaming Commission lifted a long-standing ban on gambling on Nevada college sports teams Thursday and tightened other regulations on casino sports book bets.
The moves were criticized by an official with the NCAA.
"They've expanded college sports wagering," said Bill Saum, director of the NCAA's agent and gambling activities. "They actually went the opposite direction we were hoping for."
A congressional effort to ban college sports betting died in a Senate committee last year.
The NCAA will continue its drive to pass nationwide legislation prohibiting all betting on all college sports, Saum said.
The Gaming Commission's new rules mean that for the first time since the 1950s betting will be allowed on games played by UNLV and the University of Nevada, Reno, and on games played by other college teams in Nevada.
Casinos are prohibited from accepting bets from college athletes and coaches on their own games. No bets will be taken on the Olympics and amateur and high school events.