Busting the Bettors
Outside the Lines (Sunday, 9 a.m. ET, ESPNEWS)
Eighteen months after Outside the Lines reported on illegal gambling involving youth football teams in South Florida, police this week busted an elaborate betting operation, arresting youth football coaches on felony bookmaking charges. Only ESPN’s cameras were on hand Monday for the arrests. Paula Lavigne reports on the roundup and the gambling operation that involved tens of thousands of dollars.
“On local games, we saw $30-40-50 thousand, and, according to our informant, sometimes they get up into the hundreds of thousands if they play teams from Dade County — you know, rival teams that are big.” — Undercover Broward County Deputy
“These guys are organized. They’re organized; they’re banded together; and they’re operating a scheme. That’s all it is. It’s organized crime at a lower level.” — Lieutenant Frank Ballante, BSO Organized Crime Unit
ESPN’s award-winning news magazine, E:60, concludes its 11-week Fall run presenting pieces on: the attempts of Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy to overcome the hardships in his past and become one of the game’s best; an Israeli Premier League soccer team with fans who expresses a passionate hatred of Arabs during matches; and the efforts to return a soccer ball lost in the Japanese tsunami which ended up in Alaska.
Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron made a name for himself last season against LSU – taking Offensive MVP honors in the BCS National Championship game. With No. 1 ranked Alabama visiting No. 5 LSU Saturday in Baton Rouge, Scott Van Pelt visits with McCarron to see how the Alabama native, who grew up wanting to play quarterback for the Crimson Tide, has risen to the challenge.
Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger and the New York Giants Eli Manning have won four of the last seven Super Bowls and are the faces of their franchises. While they’ll be forever linked as champion quarterbacks, they’re also connected as first-round selections in the 2004 NFL Draft, a drama-filled day that started with Manning holding up a Chargers jersey as the first overall pick. Greg Garber reports on the untold stories of the wheeling-and-dealing behind the scenes that led to each team securing its franchise quarterback.
With the 2012 NASCAR season nearing the finish line, four of the sport’s biggest stars open their lives to fans in a one-hour conversation special with ESPN SportsCenteranchor Hannah Storm. NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski and Tony Stewart will offer an up-close look at their lives on and away from the track through a blend of conversation and access as they near the end of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Johnson and Keselowski are currently locked in a battle for the 2012 series championship.