Battle of the Sexes Tennis Match Billie Jean King vs. Bobby Riggs Under Scrutiny

New ESPN report questions whether Riggs threw match to pay off gambling debts.
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Transcript for Battle of the Sexes Tennis Match Billie Jean King vs. Bobby Riggs Under Scrutiny
And next tonight a shocker of a headline about that famous battle of the sexes millions and millions of americans watch tennis champion billie jean king trouns bob oh, riggs on live tv. Now a report says bobby riggs may have thrown the match to pay off debts. Gio benitez on the allegations. Reporter: It was dubbed the battle of the sexes, september 20, 1973, one of the top tennis players ever, bobby riggs came out to play billie jean king and lost. Now in an espn outside the lines exclusive, this man is sharing what he says he kept secret for 40 years. Hall shall worked at a florida country club and said that months before the match he overheard two mob bosses saying ribs owed the mob a debt of 100 grand. They brought up the name of bobby riggs. He said he will make it look and appear that he is trying his best but billie jean king is overwhelming him. Reporter: Billie jean king calls the story ridiculous. I would bet my life bobby never had that discussion. Did he know mafia guys? Absolutely. Is it possible these guys were talking ? Yes. Is it possible that they talked to him about doing it? Possible. Reporter: We'll never be able to ask riggs himself. He died in 1995. Gio benitez, abc news, new york.

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