Friday , Oct , 26 , 2007 Oly Sandor

More Details On Tim Donaghy, NBA Refs Gambling, & Commissioner Stern

If you can’t beat them, join them. Isn’t that right David Stern? Clearly, the commissioner can’t stop refs from gambling, so he’s attempting to control their wagering. Two thoughts on this issue …

More details emerge on NBA referees gambling:

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 Stern said none of the violations was major, and no referees had admitted to wagering in a sports book or with a bookie. (Chris Sheridan, ESPN)

My Quick Take: If you can’t beat them, join them. Isn’t that right David Stern? Clearly, the commissioner can’t stop refs from gambling, so he’s attempting to control their wagering. Two thoughts on this issue:

1) All or nothing rules don’t work. Stern and the NBA learned this the hard way, especially after failing with the dress code, suspensions, and rules to muzzle renegade owner Mark Cuban. Allowing some form of gambling is a reasonable compromise. Of course, refs must be monitored and help mechanisms must be available.

2) Stern, through his attitude and actions, is an easy target.  But credit the ‘commish’ for masterfully spinning the Tim Donaghy situation. First, he correctly labeled Donaghy a rogue element and he’s killed the scandal by assuming blame for his refs committing minor gambling infractions. Bottom line: the Donaghy affair is over and the NBA isn’t crumbling.

Should refs be allowed to gamble? How did David Stern handle the Donaghy scandal? Get at us in the comment box below with your thoughts.

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