NBA and Gambling: Does League Have Major Issue After O.J. Mayo-Tony Allen Fight?

January 8th, 2011 by Jeff Hicks Leave a reply »
It is turning out to be another year, another gambling problem, for the NBA.

Earlier this week, a fight allegedly broke out on the Memphis Grizzlies team plane between guard O.J. Mayo and forward Tony Allen.

This is the second major reported fight within the last two seasons, and is now another black mark on a league that could potentially face a lockout following this season.

This also gives fans a clue as to one of the major issues surrounding sports as a whole: gambling.

Not only is it a multi-billion dollar industry legally, but illegally, it is even larger. It is not just for fans, either.

It has been reported and talked about by NBA columnists that gambling, such as on time flights to and from games, is commonplace.

This is not to say that it is always a bad thing, but it is another way for teammates to pass time and bond.

Fans do it, so why can't players?

The larger issue is what happens when gambling goes wrong. All too often, a person or party does not feel that they owe money due to how a bet was proposed, or the language involved was not clearly stated on how a payout would ha ...

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