By Skip Charles in Vegas
New Jersey gaming regulators have halted sportsbook betting on the Citrus Bowl between Purdue and LSU because “an individual associated with the Purdue Football team” is in violation of state regulations.
ESPN is reporting that retired NFL quarterback Drew Brees, who signed on to become an interim assistant coach for Purdue in the bowl game, is the individual in question because of his business relationship with sportsbook PointsBet.
The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement instructed the state’s sportsbooks to stop taking bets involving Purdue football and said existing wagers on the Citrus Bowl that were placed after Dec. 15 must be voided, according to the notice that was sent Friday morning and obtained by ESPN. Brees, a Purdue alum, signed on to be an interim coach on Dec. 15.
In the notice, the gaming division did not name the individual associated with Purdue but stated they were in violation statute 5:12A-11 (f), which prohibits athletes, coaches, referees or directors of a sports governing body from having “any ownership interest in, control of, or otherwise be employed by an operator.”
Brees became a brand ambassador for PointsBet in June 2021 and received an equity stake in the sportsbook in the deal. A week after he agreed to coach Purdue, PointsBet, which operates in New Jersey, announced it was ending its partnership with Brees.
The point spread on the Citrus Bowl, scheduled for Monday, has moved from LSU -11.5 to LSU -14 over the past two weeks.