Pittsburgh adviser v. NCAA
The college basketball world was stunned in late September when federal prosecutors charged coaches, business managers, financial advisers and representatives of sportswear companies for allegedly making and accepting illicit payments to push athletes to certain programs and money managers.
The charges ensnared several prominent figures and companies, including Adidas and Chuck Person, a former NBA star and currently associate head coach at Auburn University.
The Feds had help from an informant, Pittsburgh-area financial adviser Louis Martin Blazer III, who helped uncover the alleged corruption by wearing a wire.
Mr. Blazer cooperated with investigators after it was discovered he'd stolen more than $2 million from clients, many of which were pro athletes.