Tuesday , Jul , 24 , 2007 Oly Sandor

You vote: Did Commissioner Stern’s press conference on the Tim Donaghy gambling allegations restore your confidence in the integrity of the NBA?

On Tuesday, Commissioner Stern finally addressed the allegations that Tim Donaghy, an NBA referee, was involved with gambling … Here’s the question: did Commissioner Stern’s press conference restore your confidence in the integrity of the NBA … Click here to vote on this issue …

Today, Commissioner Stern faced the music. At a press conference in New York, the commissioner discussed the gambling allegations surrounding Tim Donaghy and did everything possible to restore the public’s faith in the NBA.

He talked about the league’s policy regarding gambling. He talked about league security measures. And he talked about internal audits of referees.   

Did it work? One the one hand, Stern outlined the measures taken by the NBA to limit the risk that refs, players, or coaches will gamble on games. On the other hand, he admitted that the league can only do so much and will always be exposed to some risk.

HoopsVibe The Blog wants you to read both sides of the issue, listen to your gut and answer the question: Did Commissioner Stern’s press conference restore your confidence in the integrity of the NBA?

Confidence restored:

  • Commissioner Stern mentioned that the league uses law enforcement agents from the DEA and FBI to guard against gambling scandals.
  • Commissioner Stern mentioned that the league audits referees.
  • Commissioner Stern mentioned that the league hires gambling consultants to keep an eye on unusual situations and occurrences in Las Vegas.

Confidence not restored:

  • Commissioner Stern conceded that the league investigated allegations that Donaghy was gambling in January 2005, but somehow couldn’t find proof to substantiate the allegations.
  • Commissioner Stern conceded that there is often little the NBA can do to guard against outside criminal elements.
  • Commissioner Stern conceded that it would be impossible to prove a ref was on the take by looking at past calls.  

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