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Youth basketball coach accused of trying to fix games

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You probably read that headline and thought, “Fixing a youth basketball game? Who is betting on youth basketball games? What bookie is taking that business?” (Hopefully you didn’t ask that last question because you really are looking for a bookie to take that business.)

The motivation for the game-fixing allegedly attempted by Michael Kman, 45, of Enola, Pa., was even more pathetic than a guaranteed gambling win.

The church youth league coach allegedly offered referees $2,500, and maybe more if they could be trusted, because, well, he was frustrated with the calls and figured that would guarantee they would go his team’s way. Did he think Tim Donaghy was reffing youth league now?

From The Associated Press:

… Kman … sent a series of anonymous calls and text messages to the officials last year to get them to help the Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church boy’s basketball team, police said in a complaint. …

Investigators were able to track one of the phones to Kman’s wife. They said that Kman, when interviewed, admitted that he tried to influence the officials.

“Kman stated that he was very frustrated with the officials and felt that his team was never getting a fair game,” wrote Trooper Timothy Reinoehl. “Kman stated that he was never going to pay anyone money, he just thought he could get them (to) give his team a chance on the court.”

State police accused him of solicitation to rig a publicly exhibited contest, rigging a publicly exhibited contest and harassment.

As always, the lesson is: leave it to the professionals. If you need someone to help you rig a basketball game, I believe Henry Hill is still alive.

Written by rkcookjr

May 13, 2010 at 6:07 pm