Sarah Phillips Gambling Column Fiasco: Who To Blame

As they often do, did an excellent job exposing the scam of a Sarah Phillips, an overnight sensational gambling columnist for, who was quickly hired by

Ultimately, the only person who should be castigated is the criminal Phillips. is a competitor of ours. They have a well-earned good reputation. The fact they gravy-trained the shtick of a poster who may or may not be a women is a venial sin.  We hold them blameless. 

It is commonplace for websites to hire writers based on samples, without every having met that person. It’s been done at and it’s been done at The Network sports news, previews, free picks site on

Considering ESPN is the worldwide leader in multi-media—their writers not only write, but also appear on their TV networks, radio network, podcasts, and videos, conspiracy theorists at least have some basis to wonder if the four-letter evil empire had willful ignorance.

Ultimately, it is Phillips who is at fault and the only one to be held accountable. Covers did what gamblers do—rode the hot hand. ESPN was reckless in bringing on the overnight sensation and certainly has egg in their face for their blunder.

But it’s Phillips who is the criminal.

The author Joe Duffy, is CEO of the top sports betting site in the world 


About the Author

Grandmaster Sports Handicapper Joe Duffy got his start in the sports handicapping industry with the Dial Sports (Communications Team) audiotext network. It was owned by sportswriter, broadcaster and handicapping pioneer Mickey Charles. Dial Sports was the sister company of the popular Sports Network Wire Service. Upon graduating California University of PA, where he was a play-by-play announcer on student radio station WVCS (now WCAL) and cable channel 29 (now CUTV), he became a full-time sports announcer and handicapper for the Sportsline scorephone network. He learned from NFL legends coach Hank Stram and broadcasting icon Ray Scott the ins and outs of the sports betting world. His Amazing Cadillac Club became the most successful 900-number in sports betting history. He left to become the first General Manager of the Freescoreboard scorephone network broadcast all over North America. His articles have appeared on several dozen websites and hard copy publications. He is now CEO of, the top sports betting site in the world. Email:

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