NASCAR founder's iron fist puts kibosh on organized gambling

Organized gambling in NASCAR? Jimmy Hoffa almost got his way back in the day, writes Ryan McGee. That is, until NASCAR boss Bill France Sr. laid down the law: "I will fight it to the end!"

Updated: August 9, 2007, 12:22 PM ET
By Ryan McGee | Special to ESPN.com

Mention the name of former NBA referee Tim Donaghy to any league executives, no matter what their sport, and the reaction will be something akin to spraying them with skunk perfume. The idea of outside muscle pulling an inside job is every sport's worst nightmare, especially when the phrase "connected to the mob" shows up.

From the 1919 World Series to point-shaving in college hoops to Italian soccer, nearly every sport has fallen victim to a gambling scandal at one time ...

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