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Has the amount of money involved in sport led to corruption?

Asked by: Sportinaus
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    Yes- with sports these days being like businesses, individuals are looking for a slice of the pie and if they are not the high earners, there is a temptation to become involved in activities that will see them rewarded. For Example an NBA referee started making calls favouring one team over another to determine the out come of games, he would place bets on these games or pass on results to professional gamblers, in return for a share of the winnings, due the large amount of money that he knew was available on offer compared to the salary he was making as a referee

  • Argumento de la chota de 2 metros

    Yes- with sports these days being like businesses, individuals are looking for a slice of the pie and if they are not the high earners, there is a temptation to become involved in activities that will see them rewarded. For Example an NBA referee started making calls favouring one team over another to determine the out come of games, he would place bets on these games or pass on results to professional gamblers, in return for a share of the winnings, due the large amount of money that he knew was available on offer compared to the salary he was making as a referee

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  • Money Breeds Corruption

    The more money there is in sports, the more corruption there will be. It can't be helped--athletes and organizations do whatever it takes to make money. With "bounty scandals" from the New Orleans Saints to game-fixing scandals with NBA referees, more money means more temptations for corruption. Part of the problem stems from gambling--if a team can control how many points it scores, a player can place a bet and then tank the game on purpose just for money. Corruption goes all the way back to the Black Sox scandal of 1919, so corruption in pro sports isn't new.

  • Yes it has!

    Where there is money involved in sporting field corruption do portray the affects. The amount of investment that has put in to sports its a major player in the sporting society. At times people gamble races to win bets and riots can occur due to different politic views of the sporting field, from that large organisations do get involved as well. Not only money is involved, but media gets involved then also athletes can get affected from that, due to audience pressure of betting the team and not winning. Most betting type of sport can be race such as the Melbourne Cup. In some situation in overseas countries such as India, an example when the sporting team don't win if the team has been bet then the losing team might suffer from a form of punishment because of not winning, that is called corruption. So overall too much investment in sport can affect corruption due to high expectation of the sporting team and the media as well can cause reputation in pessimistic ways.

  • Big money = Big Stakes

    The increase of money in sport has lead to corruption as clubs and organisations may use it as a tool to achieve their objectives and goals. Due to the large amount of money being invested into sporting teams and organisations it is evident that certain clubs feel the need to bribe and/or match fix in order to remain competitive with other clubs. This is evident with the mediocre English football club West Ham United who bribed the manager of football star Carlos Tevez in order to get him to sign with the club. This was done because West Ham United simply did not have the purchasing power (money) compared to the football giants of Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea and saw the bribing opportunity as the only way to gain a competitive advantage over its rivals.

    Also, the synonymous association with gambling and sport has led to a rich history of corruption with sport. The more money being involved means that their are higher stakes for punters whom would do anything in order to increase their chances of success. Match fixing, losing intentionally, manipulating the scores and/or penalties during the match are all forms of corruption. Throughout history it has been evident that games have been fixed because of money that has been associated with the outcome of the match. During the 1940's and 1950's boxing was marred by suspected mafia involvement. The mafia were accused of threatening fighters to take a dive in certain fights so that they could profit from their gambling winnings and also so that their favourite/affiliated fighter can easily climb the ladder of success.

  • International sport proves as such

    Ranging from American football to college football to soccer and cricket there is ample evidence of match fixing, unethical behavior, illegal payments for play and point shedding, and every case there is an attachment of monetary benefit. For example the 2009 Bountygate scandal in the NFL was a series of illegal payments to players for plays, tackles or injuring opponents, outside of their contracts from staff and players alike. Similarly the southern Methodist university maintained a slush fund for under the table payments to players during the 70's and 80's despite NCAA regulations. This payment scheme allowed for SMU to recruit better players and provide incentives for their play, hence improving their football program, and in turn improving the money brought into the program from sales of tickets and merchandise as well as donations from boosters.
    Finally the 2005 Bundesliga match fixing scandal, which was discovered to have a $2 billion dollar fixing scandal based on a 2nd division referee who admitted to a large scale crime ring that fixed and bet on matches to make large sums of money.
    From these scandals we can see that the evidence of money in sport causing corruption amongst players, staff and officials alike.

  • Money changes sport

    Money has changed the way sports are played and exploited over the past years. It is not a surprise that over that past couple of centuries ticket prices to see your favourite teams have increased by a large amount. It is more common for athletes to play for monetary benefits and fame rather than to play purely for their love of the game. If these professional players were not being played to play or being paid a lot less than what they are now, how many of them do you think would still be playing the sport?
    Sport is now seen as a business and is heavily reliant on money rather than the love of the game. Money should be a bonus not a priority.

  • Money is the issue in Domestic Sport

    In the Victorian premier league soccer match fixing was done by an international crime gang that attracted young adults with large amounts of money to have an off day or a bad game costing their team for winning the game. This is an issue because the players reward far outweighs the risk of getting caught. The increased amount of money going into the gambling industry and the competitive nature has caused an increase on betting options to bet on lower amateur leagues where there is less money involved and more money for players to make.

  • Corruption in Sport

    Yes- with sports these days being like businesses, individuals are looking for a slice of the pie and if they are not the high earners, there is a temptation to become involved in activities that will see them rewarded. For Example an NBA referee started making calls favouring one team over another to determine the out come of games, he would place bets on these games or pass on results to professional gamblers, in return for a share of the winnings, due the large amount of money that he knew was available on offer compared to the salary he was making as a referee

  • Corruption existed before commercialisation

    While the commercialisation and the increase in money involved in sport may have increased the scale and cost of corruption it is not the only cause. Evidence from the ancient Olympic Games, where there were no monetary prizes for winning athletes, suggests that athletes engaged in corrupt practices. This provides evidence that corruption in sport existed before the recent boom in sport.

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