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Church League Basketball Fixed? Youth Coach Charged With Trying to Bribe Refs

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ENOLA, Pa. (CBS/AP) You think pro wrestling is fixed? What about reality tv?

Ok then -- how about your local church basketball league?

Michael Kman, a coach in a church league in the Harrisburg suburb of Enola, Pa. is accused of trying to bribe referees to rig games in favor of his boy's team with Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church, according to state police. Charges were filed Thursday against the 45-year-old Kman.

The arrest affidavit said he offered two referees, who are brothers, $2,500 to fix two games, and promised more if they showed they could be trusted with lower-level games.

Police say the coach sent a series of anonymous calls and text messages to a pair of officials last year. Investigators were able to track one of the phones to Kman's wife. They said that Kman, when interviewed, admitted that he tried to influence the officials.

"Kman stated that he was very frustrated with the officials and felt that his team was never getting a fair game," wrote Trooper Timothy Reinoehl. "Kman stated that he was never going to pay anyone money, he just thought he could get them (to) give his team a chance on the court."

Now Kman is hoping to have a chance in court.