Oddsmakers at online bookmaker Sportsbook.com have closed ESPY Awards futures bets due to suspicious betting activity from the New York and Connecticut areas.
ESPN is headquartered in Bristol, Connecticut and holds an annual award show - The ESPYS - to honor the top teams and athletes around the world from the past year.
Oddsmaker Mike Perry told Covers an unusual amount of betting activity came in on LeBron James to win best male athlete and the Miami Heat to win best team.
"We had one customer from Hartford earlier today asking for 'over the bet limit' ($500 max bet) on both," he said. "We hardly got any action then all off a sudden Tuesday morning we got these multiple max
The Heat were set as the third favorites to win best team at 4-1, behind the U.S. Women's Gymnastics team (2-1) and the Baltimore Ravens (3-1). Sportsbook.com moved the Heat's odds to 5-2 before taking them off the board. LeBron was 3-2 at Sportsbook and is around that number or more heavily favored to win best male athlete at the small handful of books still offering odds.
Perry said they "thought it was weird" this particular player was so keen on making an over the limit bet on LeBron at 3/2 odds when Adrian Peterson was a co-favorite and Miguel Cabrera offered a much better payout. Cabrera was the first player in 45 years to win the triple crown.
"Definitely appears to be a leak," Perry said. "We hadn’t run the ESPYs for four to five years because of same thing."
BetOnline.com is still dealing ESPY odds on Best Team, Best Male Athlete and Best Female Athlete:
Alabama (NCAA Football) +550
Baltimore Ravens (NFL) +300
Chicago Blackhawks (NHL) +550
Miami Heat (NBA) +350
Oklahoma Softball (Women's NCAA Baseball) +400
San Francisco Giants (MLB) +800
USA Women's Gymnastics +175
Best Male Athlete
Adrian Peterson (NFL) +175
LeBron James (NBA) -175
Michael Phelps (Swimming) +800
Miguel Cabrera (MLB) +275
Best Female Athlete
Brittney Griner (NCAA Basketball) +125
Gabby Douglas (Gymnastics) +200
Missy Franklin (Swimming) +300
Serena Williams (Tennis) +275
The ESPYS are slated for Wednesday, July 17 at 9 p.m. ET, which is when voting closes. All awards are selected by fan vote on the official website.
Editor's note: Email and phone messages were left with ESPN's communications department and we'll update the story as we receive more information.