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Electronic snooping on the All-Blacks

All Blacks perform the haka, during the Rugby Championship 1st Bledisloe test match against Australia at Sydney | Brett Phibbs

All Blacks perform the haka, during the Rugby Championship 1st Bledisloe test match against Australia at Sydney | Brett Phibbs

The bugging of the All Blacks team room ahead of the first Bledisloe Cup test in Sydney last week is a continuation of a “long and ignoble tradition”, according to one of the foremost authorities on sports corruption.Declan Hill, an academic and investigative journalist, told the New Zealand Herald that the planting of listening devices in team hotels was common and even endemic in some parts of the world. Continue reading

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How to fix a soccer game

jiuguangw | Flickr

jiuguangw | Flickr

In this excerpt from The Fix: Soccer and Organized Crime, Declan Hill investigates the intricacies of match-fixing in soccer: how fixes are arranged, how they’re signalled, and how everyone gets paid. Continue reading

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Ethics: The fixers and the officials

South Africa versus Colombia, May 27, 2010. According to reports from officials, this match was most likely fixed. In this artivcle, Declan Hill reveals close ties between the fixers and officials | Salymfayad/Flickr

South Africa versus Colombia, May 27, 2010. According to reports from officials, this match was most likely fixed | Salymfayad/Flickr

“The fixers have, at times, gone into the offices and boardrooms of the top officials who organize the sport,” writes Declan Hill*, who uncovers how match-fixing on high level has taken place with the connivance of top-level soccer officials.

It was a symbolic game – South Africa versus Colombia, May 27, 2010. The game took place a few days before the World Cup, it was in the beautiful new stadium at Soccer City in Johannesburg. The South Africans before a raucous crowd of vuvuzela-totting fans won 2-1. The stadium, indeed the entire event, was a sign that a new South African was ready for the international stage. It seemed to show that this was a South Africa that had emerged from apartheid to become a prosperous, multi-cultural society. It was a wonderful day for sport and society.

The only problem was that the game was probably fixed. Continue reading

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US NCAA: Poster boy for corruption and exploitation

usaid-cashThe annual US college hoops hysteria known as March Madness generates a multibillion-dollar wave of revenue – but the players don’t receive a dime of it. And this includes the 25 Canadian youth being hyped by TSN, which does not broadcast Canadian college games, as “the next generation of basketball” for self-serving reasons.

Dave ZirinThe Nation (April 1, 2013) – THE corruption extends to the college sports media industry. Over the past decade, the number of college football and basketball games broadcast on ESPN channels has skyrocketed from 491 to 1,320. ESPN now happens to be both the number-one broadcaster of college football and basketball and those sports’ number-one news provider. Covering sports and shilling for the industry have become carnally intertwined. Nationally credited journalists from ESPN and other media outlets reportedly show up at the Fiesta Bowl a week in advance, where they stay at the finest resorts and receive a different expensive present every day, courtesy of the tournament’s corporate sponsors. Continue reading

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London 2012: Illegal betting threatening Olympic Games

By ALFONSO NACIANCENO

THE International Olympic Committee (IOC) is to continue its battle against the threat of mafia elements controlling illegal betting invading the London Games.

Concern is growing that athletes could become involved in fixing results or segments of various competitions, in complicity with or under pressure from betting networks with no qualms over extorting athletes’ families to achieve their objectives. Those involved in this battle have stated that these actions are very difficult to uncover, and thus will have to be on the alert at the scene of events themselves. Continue reading

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