Arena League Football does not plan investigation

The Arena Football League will not make any official inquiry into gambling by Paul Ross, the league commissioner said.
by Nolan Clay and Robby Trammell Published: December 12, 2012
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League doesn't plan investigation

The Arena Football League will not make any official inquiry into gambling by Paul Ross, league Commissioner Jerry B. Kurz said.

“We don't have a specific prohibition against somebody in their personal life engaging in wagering outside of our business,” Kurz said. “Some might think that's not enough but I think it's difficult to legislate people's activity outside of your business.”

The commissioner said the league does prohibit owners from gambling on Arena Football League games. Ross, a co-owner of the Tulsa Talons, told The Oklahoman he did not bet on Arena Football League games.

Ross' group still is a minority owner in the San Antonio Talons, the commissioner said. Ross said he does not have any ownership interest.

Ross has admitted to the FBI that he was a gambler involved with Teddy Mitchell of Oklahoma City.

Last week, another admitted gambler, Ross Parmley, was fired from his position as University of Tulsa athletic director. Parmley admitted to the FBI that he bet on college and NFL games, which is a violation of NCAA rules.

Nolan Clay, Staff writer

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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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by Robby Trammell
Assistant Managing Editor
Robby Trammell is news director for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. During his 41-year career, he has received numerous reporting awards and civic honors. With The Oklahoman’s investigative team, he won a first-place spot news reporting award for...
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