The following story will move Monday as this week’s Tuesday Spotlight, a feature showcasing the best off-the-news enterprise in the AP report:
SPORTS GAMBLING-FIGHTING THE FIX — It’s early in a college basketball game and Team A, playing methodically and using up most of the 30-second shot clock, falls behind 10-6. Scattered around the bleachers, several fans staring at their smartphones celebrate silently: they have bet on Team B to be the first to reach 10 points and even promised two Team A starters a cut of the winnings. With dozens of states rushing to capitalize on the U.S. Supreme Court lifting a federal ban on sports gambling, could America start seeing fixed scenarios like the one above? The four major pro major sports leagues and the NCAA think so; architects of New Jersey’s successful legal challenge to the sports gambling ban say those fears are overstated. By Dave Porter and Regina Garcia-Cano. 1,500 words, photos, abridged version.