Sport: Bookmaker's Dream

In the shadowy world of illegal pro-football betting, they are known as "readers" — informers who funnel inside information on a team's physical and mental condition to bookies and oddsmakers (TIME, Jan. 14). Most bookies have to settle for readers who pick up their dope secondhand from players, coaches, owners or even locker-room attendants. Now two big-time operators in New York City stand accused of using the best kind of reader available: the official orthopedic surgeon of the New York Giants.

According to a 40-count gambling indictment handed up in Manhattan last week,...