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  • THOMPSON'S POSSIBLE GAMING INTEREST DRAWS FIRE

         Georgetown men's basketball coach John Thompson's
    application for a Nevada gaming license was the focus of a report
    on ABC's "World News Tonight."  The license would allow Thompson
    to purchase 10% of the company that operates slot machines at Las
    Vegas' McCarran Airport -- a venture which ABC said could net
    Thompson over $300,000 per year.  ABC's Armen Keteyian said the
    NCAA is concerned because Thompson's would-be partner, Michael
    Gaughan, is the owner of Las Vegas casino Barbary Coast, as well
    as the father of Georgetown walk-on Brendan Gaughan.  NCAA Exec
    Dir Cedric Dempsey:  "If your team competes and doesn't play to
    the caliber that it's capable of playing, there's going to be the
    questions about whether or not the game had been fixed.  It just
    opens up a tremendous suspicion that is not necessary."  Keteyian
    noted Thompson has defended the deal as ethical because he would
    only make money from slots and that NCAA rules only prohibit
    coaches and athletes from "knowingly providing information to
    gamblers" (ABC, 3/19).  The WASHINGTON POST reports attorneys for
    Thompson have asked the NCAA to decide whether the application
    violates any NCAA rules.  Gaughan placed Thompson's likely return
    at about $10,000 a year (Mark Asher, WASHINGTON POST, 3/20).
    

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