Big 10 Game-Fixing? The Las Vegas Facts!
The #1 cited sports betting expert on the recent Tim Donaghy NBA and Toledo college football game-fixing scandals, RJ Bell of Pregame.com, provides eye-popping info on the latest point shaving allegations.
Las Vegas, Nevada (12/19/07) – The sports world is abuzz with talk of Big 10 Official Stephen Pamon history bankruptcy, casino gambling, child abuse and allegations of sexual harassment.
Two games from 2007 have been cited: (Penn St/Purdue on 11/3/07; Ohio St./Illinois 11/10). Both games had disproportionate money bet on the teams that benefited from the objectionable calls in those games (Penn St and Illinois). “If a game is fixed, the benefiting team will be bet more heavily – and that was the case in both 2007 games in question” said RJ Bell of Pregame.com
Few realize the massive amounts of money bet on sports. A US Government report estimates that 360 BILLION dollars are bet worldwide per year on sports; Congressional Testimony states that 40 million Americans bet on football alone.
Fewer still realize how common point-shaving is: A University of Michigan survey on collegiate sports gambling concludes that more than 5 percent of male student-athletes provided inside information for gambling purposes, bet on a game in which they participated, or accepted money for performing poorly in a game; the survey also concluded than 45 percent of male collegiate football and basketball athletes admit to betting on sporting events, despite NCAA regulations prohibiting such activities
”Money plus opportunity results in corruption; it happens to Senators – why wouldn’t we EXPECT IT in officials, who make far less money? If 5% of college athletes are corrupt, that means hundreds of games a year are not legitimate!” said RJ Bell of Pregame.com
It’s startling to consider how easy it is to fix a game. On average, 70% of teams end games within one touchdown of the Las Vegas spread . . . meaning that a single corrupt call that results in one touchdown (or a touchdown denied to an opponent) would allow a gambler to win 70% of his bets! 70% winners can easily mean millions of dollars!!
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