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  1. Monday Bullets

    Henry Abbott

    James Surowiecki of the New Yorker says it's time to legalize sports gambling: "The leagues insist that legalized betting will make people suspect that games are fixed, thus harming their brands. Yet in Vegas billions are wagered legally on sports ev...

    Blog | February 04, 2013
  2. NBA Today podcast: Steve Shenbaum

    Henry Abbott

    As a bit actor in "Space Jam," Steve Shenbaum devised a clever approach to bond with Michael Jordan: with a lighthearted joke about gambling. It bombed so badly that he wishes now he would have instead said nothing at all. But that didn't stop ...

    Blog | January 20, 2012
  3. Charles Barkley does (not) have a gambling problem

    Henry Abbott

    Charles Barkley tells GQ (a little PG-13): Yeah, I like to gamble. And I'm going to keep gambling. And I just have to tell people, if they don't like it, they can kiss my a--. F--- 'em. You know, I quit gambling for a while. But then I was like, 'Wh...

    Blog | October 26, 2010
  4. First Cup: Tuesday

    Henry Abbott

    Fred Mitchell and David Kaplan of the Chicago Tribune: "For years, there have been whispers around the NBA that Michael Jordan first retired from the league in 1993 to play baseball because of his heavy involvement in gambling. Ron Shelton, who direc...

    Blog | August 24, 2010
  5. Tim Donaghy's claims on trial

    Henry Abbott

    Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty Images Tim Donaghy, disgraced former NBA referee, speaks. Tim Donaghy's book "Personal Foul" is a page-turner. At the heart of the book is a gripping and sad first-hand account of a gambling addiction tearing apart a famil...

    Blog | December 07, 2009
  6. Tim Donaghy, disgraced NBA official, sticks to story: Biases help...

    Henry Abbott

    At times, former NBA referee Tim Donaghy was vague in an interview Monday about his role in gambling on NBA games.

    Story | Conversation | December 07, 2009
  7. Rolling the Dice in Houston

    Henry Abbott

    Dave from BlazersEdge has a nice little casino metaphor for the Rockets' situation: Covering the Summer League team in Las Vegas for the first time three years ago I got to dabble in a little bit of recreational gambling. I wasn't getting second mo...

    Blog | October 10, 2008
  8. The Salvatore Side of the Story: Gambling Scandals and Referees

    Henry Abbott

    This is the fourth installment in a series based on a recent interview with NBA referee Bennett Salvatore a week ago today. Go back to the first, second, and third posts for more on Salvatore. NBA referees have been in the news lately, particularly b...

    Blog | November 16, 2007
  9. David Stern: Review Finds EVERY Referee Gambled

    Henry Abbott

    ESPN's Chris Sheridan reports: Stern said an internal review had found that all of the league's 56 referees violated the contractual prohibition against engaging in gambling, with more than half of them admitting to placing wagers in casinos. But St...

    Blog | October 25, 2007
  10. How's Your Transparency Going?

    Henry Abbott

    Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News wrote yesterday: In the biggest fallout from the Tim Donaghy betting scandal to date, six NBA refs have been disciplined by the league for breaking its strict, if unrealistic, anti-gambling rules. Sources sa...

    Blog | October 22, 2007
  11. The FBI's Pursuit of Wilt Chamberlain's Alleged Gambling

    Henry Abbott

    A while ago, I decided to do a FOIA request of Wilt Chamberlain. The main reason I wanted to do it? Someone showed me this cool website which makes FOIA requests of dead people pretty easy. Chamberlain seemed like he was as likely as anyone to have a...

    Blog | August 31, 2007
  12. Partners in Crimefighting

    Henry Abbott

    It just struck me: Is there any chance Commissioner David Stern's mission to stamp out evil and gambling from the ranks of NBA referees will go the way of O.J. Simpson's hunt for the real killers, or the FBI's hunt for whoever was mailing anthrax a w...

    Blog | August 21, 2007
  13. Whispers of More Referee Gambling

    Henry Abbott

    Duff Wilson reports in The New York Times: The federal investigation into National Basketball Association gambling is generating information about other referees that could lead to disciplinary action short of criminal charges, authorities and...

    Blog | August 17, 2007
  14. Tim Donaghy Bullets

    Henry Abbott

    ESPN's Lester Munson, who is an actual lawyer and knows a lot more about this kind of stuff than I do, says these documents DO imply Donaghy was affecting the outcome of games. (How can such a key point be so vague?): "Did Donaghy's gambling and his ...

    Blog | August 16, 2007
  15. Tim Donaghy Treated for Depression, Anxiety, Gambling Addiction

    Henry Abbott

    Hardly a shocker, given the circumstances. From Tamer El-Ghobashy, Scott Shirfel and Adam Nichols reporting in the New York Daily News: "I was in a unique position to pick the outcome of a game," he said in court. "I received cash payments for succe...

    Blog | August 15, 2007
  16. Report: Tim Donaghy Surrenders

    Henry Abbott

    The Associated Press has sources saying that Tim Donaghy has surrendered to authorities in Brooklyn: Former NBA referee Tim Donaghy surrendered Wednesday for his anticipated plea to gambling-related offenses, a person familiar with the probe told Th...

    Blog | August 15, 2007