Friday, July 20, 2007

FBI Investigating NBA Refs

Huge top story today as the FBI is investigating 13 year veteran official Tim Donaghy as part of a Mafia gambling ring. Even if this story turns out to be nothing, at best case scenario, the NBA's integrity is still badly damaged, and at worst, the last two seasons' results could be seriously tarnished.

Sports Illustrated's Marty Burns writes:

How many times have you heard people say, 'Oh, I don't care for the NBA. The superstars get all the calls,' or 'The league wants to see LeBron or Shaq or a team from the larger market make it to the Finals,' or even, 'Gee, it's amazing how often a late, meaningless basket or free throw puts a team over or under the spread"?