Triple X-mas special

Although the name-dropping Gold Club trial wrapped up in July, interest in Atlanta's most notorious strip club is revving up again. CourtTV will air an hour-long documentary, "Sex, Sports, and the Mob: The Atlanta Gold Club," twice this week and again Sunday.

A suggestively written online description of the show suggests where the cable networks interests lie: "When the multimillion-dollar adult entertainment machine came under scrutiny by the FBI, testimony about sexual favors for celebrity athletes thrust the trial into one of the biggest sex scandals in professional sports history." (The network is as shaky on geography as on grammar; it describes Atlanta as being on the East Coast.)

The show presumably took so long to produce because cameras were not allowed in federal Judge Willis Hunt's courtroom and CourtTV needed time to scrounge up footage of exotic dancers and the many athletes and celebrities whose names were linked to the club: NBA stars Patrick Ewing, John Starks, Larry Johnson, Dennis Rodman and Dikembe Mutumbo; Braves centerfielder Andruw Jones; London housewife Madonna; and Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf.

The show will air 10 p.m. Wednesday and Sunday, and 2 a.m. Thursday.

Next up, former club owner Steve Kaplan, who pleaded guilty to federal racketeering charges, is scheduled for sentencing Jan. 8 by Judge Hunt. Kaplan is expected to spend three years in prison, but his lawyers have said they will argue for less time, partly based on the acquittal of one of his co-defendants, former Atlanta cop Reginald Burney.

Finally, The Fulton County Daily Report reports that original Gold Club owner John Kirkendoll is looking to buy the now-empty building to launch a Playboy Club.??

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