About six months after Isleta Resort & Casino became the first Albuquerque area location accepting legal sports bets on the New Mexico Lobos and New Mexico State Aggies, it appears the imminent disaster and scandals some feared haven’t yet taken form.
In fact, compliance directors for both of the state’s major athletic departments tell the Journal they’ve received not a single inquiry, question, complaint or allegation of improper conduct by a player, coach, or anyone associated with either university with regards to sports betting. That is now legal in New Mexico, where at least three casinos accept wagers on in-state teams.
“We have not received or responded to any (such concerns or reports) regards to sports wagering,” Nate Flores, NMSU Associate Athletic Director for Compliance, wrote to the Journal in an email. “We have been monitoring any unusual behavior and done completed education with staff and student-athletes since sports wagering became legal in New Mexico.”
Eric Schultz, UNM’s Associate AD for Compliance, likewise said there haven’t been any issues that have been brought to his attention related to sports betting of any kind, let alone concerning the availability of betting on Lobos and Aggies games.