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Adults bet thousands on youths

Gambling, criminal influences surround South Florida football league

Updated: December 19, 2013, 11:16 AM ET
By Paula Lavigne | ESPN.com

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Pee wee players take the field in the morning, with parents and young siblings scattered through the stands. But as day turns to night, and the boys on the field get bigger and older, the crowd grows and the atmosphere begins to shift.

Groups of men in their 20s and 30s fill the stands and sidelines, to the point that passers-by must jostle for space as they walk along fences separating the bleachers from the field. And then something else becomes obvious: ...

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