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04-06-2012, 02:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Sturminator View Post
In 1946, sports gambling was heavily tied to the mafia, yes. That is no longer the case.
Right. All major professional and college sports in North America in the first half of the 20th century had problems with players taking money from professional gamblers to affect the outcome of games. Hockey had fewer problems than the major American sports, but they were certainly aware of the problems that could arise when players associated with gamblers and bookies. That's the context in which Pratt's gambling was viewed.

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