Homeless in Seattle: The Sonics head the NBA’s Chaotic State

26 08 2007

by maddness

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Seattle or Oklahoma City? Kevin Durant may be the new face of a franchise, but he will not be able to tell you where he will be sleeping in a year.
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The Sports Week In Review 7/29/07

29 07 2007

Here are a couple things that took place in the sports world this week. It’s not everything, but it will keep you floating in conversation at the office.

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Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is: Will Congress Interfere With the NBA?

21 07 2007

by mr. travis

It’s no secret that gambling is everywhere. Besides the obvious locations of Las Vegas and Atlantic City, the gambling culture has seen a boom with the rise of Native American owned casinos. ESPN has even gotten in on the act by parading poker around as if it were some sort of athletic achievement to sit on one’s ass and play cards. Sports books are everywhere; Betting on sports even reaches into such simple things as the local fantasy league. Thus, yesterday’s revelation of NBA referee Tim Donaghy and his alleged mafia driven point shaving scheme should come as really no surprise to anyone paying attention to the world of sports. While there has never been a gambling issue with a member of the officiating corner of the game, the specter of betting has been hanging over the heads of those running the four major sports leagues. From the infamous Chicago “Black Sox” scandal of 1919 to boxer Jake LaMotta taking a fall to the Pete Rose scandal of the late 80’s, gambling has either affected the outcomes of the games, or at least been rumored to have an effect on the games. So, what is Commissioner David Stern and the NBA to do? This scandal is even more dangerous to the sport than the NFL and their band of misfits and criminals, even more damaging than baseball and steroids. If one ref is tainted, who’s to say that there aren’t others? With organized crime possibly involved, who knows how deep their claws have sunk into the sport? Read the rest of this entry »