Do Fantasy Sports Spell The End Of Corruption In Athletics?
Sport is about triumph, passion, pain and belonging. Yet it loses every iota of truth and meaning for fans when dirty money corrupts the players and referees. Unfortunately, in 2015, it’s hard to think of a sport left untouched by the spindly fingers of organized crime and match fixing. It doesn’t matter if you’re into sumo wrestling, NBA, boxing, college football or the English Premier League — at some point, someone somewhere has tried to throw a match for financial gain.
Over the last three years there have been reported scandals all over the world, with European sports seeing the largest impact, according to this ICSS white paper. The organization predicts that there were thousands of instances of corruption and match fixing all over the world, and that those reported instances were likely only “the tip of the iceberg.”
The EU’s law enforcement agency, Europol, has blamed South Asian and Eastern European crime syndicates, which are thriving due to the lack of government action in their own countries. Sports clubs, athletes and fans are all suffering the consequences. There is, however, a faint light at the end of the of the tunnel and a way to turn it all around. The solution comes from an unlikely place: Fantasy Sports.[Read More]