Okay, So Where’s the Mob?

Jontay Porter the ex-NBA player and his gambling syndicate buddy arrested at JFK Airport. Threats, racketeering and "doing a special… or you beat me up." There has to be a mob connection somewhere in this story. That’s my take on the Brooklyn-based gambler, Long Phi “Bruce” Pham, being arrested by US authorities at JFK Airport in connection with the Jontay Porter scandal. To review. Porter was a good, third-string player in the best basketball league in the world. He made about $1...

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The Mafia Capo, How to Catch a Killer & Red-Flagging the Leagues

MAFIO CAPO PRESENTATION    "And a lot of these basketball players would go to the same clubs...and we got our eye on one or two of the guys. And I'd say, "Listen, you are a smart guy. I'm your good friend. Let me tell you how you are going to make some money."  Michael Franzese, the former Mafia Capo for the Colombo Crime Family, is the keynote speaker for the second annual Sports Integrity presentation at the University of...

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The NBA Gamble

If you are a sports fan, you are probably slightly obsessed with the Tim Donaghy case. Donaghy was one of the highest ranked referees in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was also a gambling addict. For four years, he worked with illegal gamblers and bookmakers betting on his own games. The betting industry either never caught him or the few that did notice the strange odds movements, like the Gambino-connected bookmakers in New York, bet on his games for their...

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The Pearl Harbor of U.S. Sports Gambling: 7 points on the Supreme Court Decision

There are certain days and events in history where everything changes. One day is ‘before’ - then the event happens and everything is changed ‘after’ that moment.  You can choose your personal moment in history: September 11th, the Fall of the Berlin Wall, Pearl Harbor, Black Tuesday and the Great Depression, the Assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, etc, etc… Today, in sports, was one of those events. The American Supreme Court struck down a decades-old law prohibiting sports gambling in the United...

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