By David Dodge, CEO
Sports Officiating Consulting, LLC
By now readers of this blog may have had their fill of stories of sports scandals, even though the latest one in college basketball is particularly eye-opening. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York recently filed charges of fraud, bribery, and corruption against 10 people, including four NCAA assistant coaches from major universities, in addition to charges against managers, financial advisers, and representatives of Adidas, a major international sportswear company.
The early-morning arrests were made by the FBI. Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said “the picture of college basketball painted by the charges is not a pretty one – coaches at some of the nation’s top programs taking cash bribes, managers and advisors circling blue-chip prospects like coyotes, and employees of a global sportswear company funneling cash to families of high school recruits.” [Read more…]