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Former White Sox employees charged in fraudulent ticket sales scheme

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Two former White Sox employees have been charged with working with an outside broker to fraudulently sell Sox tickets, according to Jon Seidel of the Chicago Sun-Times. Per the report, ex-ticket sellers James Costello and William O’Neill funneled tickets to a man named Bruce Lee, who would then flip those tickets on StubHub for a massive profit. The scheme seems to have cost the White Sox about $1 million from 2016 to 2019.

Costello has been charged with wire fraud and O’Neill with lying to the FBI. Lee earned the vast majority of the heat, with 11 counts of wire fraud and two for money laundering. Costello and O’Neill allegedly sent Lee a host of complimentary ticket vouchers, which are usually reserved for official team use for players’ friends and family, or groups that the team may be hosting on a particular day. Lee re-sold nearly 35,000 tickets as a result of the operation.

It was first reported in October that the FBI was chasing this lead. Jerry Reinsdorf will sleep well tonight.

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Mike Tirico to host NBC Sports’ new daily sports talk show ‘Lunch Talk Live’

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NBC Sports’ new daily sports talk show, Lunch Talk Live, debuts this Monday, April 6, at Noon ET on NBCSN, featuring host Mike Tirico joined by special guests, including current and former athletes, NBC Sports’ lineup of on-air commentators, and other prominent voices and figures within sports and media.

Lunch Talk Live focuses on the current state of the sports world and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, providing guests with a platform to discuss the state of sports, voice their personal stories and detail how they are adapting their daily lives during this challenging time.

“In these challenging times, we are all missing sports and the people who make sports memories,” said Tirico. “Hopefully, we can bring a midday connection with some of them to help fill the void.”

Sam Flood, NBC Sports Executive Producer & President of Production, said, “We’re excited to bring viewers fresh programming every day with unique, topical conversations from prominent individuals in all corners of sports. This will be a daily lunch date to share sports and stories we miss during these unique times.”

The hour-long show will air weekdays at Noon ET on NBCSN and stream on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. Select content and interviews will additionally be hosted on NBC Sports’ YouTube channel and social media platforms.

Tirico will host Lunch Talk Live episodes remotely, beginning this Monday.