So here’s something different. I’ve done a series of interviews over time, and most of them have washed into the ether. But thanks to the miracle of the GoogleNet, I’ve slowly started coming across some of them. And here’s one from Distraction Magazine, called “Bet You Didn’t Know”.

(Note: Please go to the link above as long as it’s active. I have enclosed a saved PDF copy of the article below just in case the above link ever bites the dust)

I’m a bit foggy on the details of this one, but I’m pretty sure it took place during the second semester of my last year teaching at the University of Miami, and I’m fairly certain it was my student Jon Moss who interviewed me. I had started teaching our capstone Issues class for the Sport Administration program, and one of the modules I included in the class was a section on gambling in sports. I recall what sparked my interest in this — it was a story about a regular season NFL game between the Chargers and Steelers that ended in a lateral which was returned for a TD even though the rules stated otherwise. That resulted in the point spread being covered by Pittsburgh, and the report was that almost $100 million changed hands on that one play.

So I figured a segment in my class on sports issues would be worthwhile. My thoughts were that if sports gambling plays that big of a role in the industry, then at the very least we need to learn how it works, even if we don’t gamble (which I don’t — at least, not on individual games). Anyway, this caught the attention of the students in my class, which led to the interview.

Money quote? Probably this:

“If there was no gambling at all on the NCAA Tournament, it’d be as popular as the Tour de France,” said Dr. Galen Clavio, a sports management professor at UM and ardent college basketball fan. “The majority of people are interested in the tournament because it’s such a gambling bonanza, and everyone can enter an office pool.”

Bet You Didn’t Know