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Former Adidas Exec Sentenced to Prison Time in NCAA Corruption Case

Former Adidas executive James “Jim” Gatto was sentenced to prison time today for his role in the NCAA pay-for-play scandal that turned college basketball on its head in 2017.
Gatto, AP reports, received a nine-month sentence, while sports industry business manager Christian Dawkins and former Adidas consultant Merl Code each received a six-month sentence.
U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan has allowed the three men to remain free until a federal appeals court decides whether to uphold their convictions, the AP also reported. The judge further noted that by way of the case and today’s sentencing, he wanted to send ”a great big warning light to the basketball world.”
In October, a Manhattan jury found Gatto, Code and Dawkins guilty of a series of fraud charges in the 2017 corruption case, which had swelled to include around two-dozen schools.
Gatto, who worked as Adidas’ director of global sports marketing, Code and Dawkins were accused of funneling bribe payments to high school-aged players and their families to secure those players’ commitments to attend Adidas-sponsored schools.
The jury in October found Gatto guilty on all three of his counts, while Code and Dawkins were found guilty on two counts.
During the trial, the men admitted to channeling secret

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