The Fix is In!

The Fix Is InA lot of people wrongly believe that bookmakers and, indeed, the entire business of bookmaking is something new.  The truth is, however, that the bookie has always had a place in the society of mankind. Even in Roman times they were booking action on the gladiators who fought to the death in the Coliseum. Just as there has always been a bookie wherever man pits himself against his fellow man, so there has always been those who try to cheat the odds by fixing the match. In fact, there are quite a few modern day conspiracies that have many people believing the fix is still in! Here’s a quick look at just a few:

1. The Super bowl: At Super bowl 3, everyone was more than a little surprised when the fledging New York Jets, who had struggled for an entire season, took home the final victory. Appearances can be deceiving, though, and there is good reason to believe that the outcome of that game might not have been a surprise to everyone. Former player Bubba Smith is even on record saying the game was “set up,” and many people who are in the know think the win had more to do with gaining fan acceptance of an NFL expansion than it did talent.

2. Tanking Teams: Sometimes a team just seems to tank…at a time that is surprisingly good for it to do so. Though it may seem counterintuitive, when a season isn’t going particularly well, tanking can result in a better draft position for the unfortunate team. A prime example of this tricky tactic is the recent 2-14 Indianapolis Colts, after showing some signs of life they tanked against the hapless Jaguars in their game. Coincidence or a sneaky attempt at a better draft position? Most of those in-the-know believe it just happens to be the latter.

3. You Wanna Bet?: How about the players and coaches who also bet on the outcome of the games? Many will say that they don’t bet on themselves but how can we ever really know. Despite the obvious negative implications of such double-interests, players and coaches, such as Pete Rose and Michael Jordan, are known to wager on the games. How come Jordan didn’t get banned?

4. Under the Influence: Referees are supposed to be impartial participants in a game. They are supposed to, as the famous quote goes, “call ‘em as they seem ‘em.” However, at least one referee, one Tim Donaghy, a thirteen year ref for the NBA, has been busted for influencing the outcomes of games. Donaghy, who is now behind bars after the FBI caught on, revealed that the NBA purposely orders referees to alter game outcomes for maximum ratings and profits.

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