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Foul play and chicanery in the owner's suite

One-upmanship extends beyond the playing field, especially when owners can find creative ways around the rules. John Helyar looks at white-collar chicanery in sports.

Updated: August 10, 2007, 1:00 PM ET
By John Helyar | ESPN.com

Owners collude with each other. Owners connive against each another. Owners cook their books to a crisp.

Yes, cheating is as ingrained in the front offices of sports as it is on the playing fields.

It isn't that owners are bad people. (OK, some of them are.) It's that, like their cheating players, they eternally are searching for that little edge. It's also that they're put in a contradictory capitalistic position. On one hand, owners are partners in a joint enterprise called a ...

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