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Jan
18

Tennis Match-Fixing

Credible and good.  The Buzzfeed investigators – John Templon and Heidi Blake – should be congratulated. Three more facts. One, I was with a major monitor of sports gambling fixes.  They are experts in this world. Their people were estimating approximately one fixed match a week in the the tennis world. Two, I interviewed a … Continue reading Tennis Match-Fixing

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Dec
7

Games Night at Zurich Hotels & Why Dan Tan Should Be Released

Crikey – the arrests of FIFA executives is getting so routine at the five-star Hotel Baur au Lac in Zurich the management should build it into their daily schedule: 5 p.m.     –                   High Tea 6 p.m.    –                   Cocktails & Happy Hour 6 a.m.    –                    FBI & Swiss Organized Crime Police arrests of FIFA executives … Continue reading Games Night at Zurich Hotels & Why Dan Tan Should Be Released

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Dec
3

Lipstick on a Pig, Mexican Environmental Regulation and FIFA Reform

Today, FIFA announced new reforms.  What good do all these paper plans do if so many of their executives are corrupt? You can put lipstick on a pig – it is still a pig. Below quotes – from today’s press conference  by US Attorney-General Loretta Lynch, Robert Capers and Chief of the IRS Richard Weber. … Continue reading Lipstick on a Pig, Mexican Environmental Regulation and FIFA Reform

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Nov
30

Potemkin Villages, Scapegoats and Fake Qatari Fans: 4 Things We Learned From This Week in International Sports Corruption

On the eve of FIFA’s executive committee meeting that is expected to rubber-stamp the decision of their ‘ethics committee’ (sic) to ban Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini from the international football world, four points: 1)      Is the internal FIFA reform – a believable process? No. It is a Potemkin village of a battle … Continue reading Potemkin Villages, Scapegoats and Fake Qatari Fans: 4 Things We Learned From This Week in International Sports Corruption

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Nov
25

Singapore’s Middle Finger to the Sporting World

Well this is interesting. Dan Tan the man Interpol once described him as the “the mastermind and leader of the world’s most notorious match-fixing syndicate” has been  released from jail by a Singapore Appeal’s Court judge. Three technically accurate points and a chronology: 1)    It is technically true, the appeal judge’s assessment is accurate: there … Continue reading Singapore’s Middle Finger to the Sporting World

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Nov
14

In France’s Darkest Hour

In June 1940, at the worst moment in French history, a little-known colonel broadcast a speech from London.    His words gave the world hope in a dark time.   Here is an excerpt below.  It is still true. Mais le dernier mot est-il dit ? L’espérance doit-elle disparaître ? La défaite est-elle définitive ? Non ! Croyez-moi, moi qui vous … Continue reading In France’s Darkest Hour

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Nov
10

7 lessons from the IAAF and Russian Doping Scandals

So now we know. Now we know that the Russian anti-doping system in sport was largely a sham: a Potemkin village of a program designed to give the appearance of an effective fight but in reality enabling widespread doping among their athletes. Now we know that at the very heart of athleticism and the IAAF … Continue reading 7 lessons from the IAAF and Russian Doping Scandals

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Nov
4

The Walking Oxymoron Strikes Again & 2 Good News Stories

“Quick! Lets have a conference. Invite everyone. In case there is some poor bastard in the field who is  actually doing something useful.” Chief-Superintendent (former) Leonard Powell, Metropolitan Police Ho hum. Another month. Another ridiculous conference put on by the walking oxymoron that is the Qatari group for ‘integrity in sport’ – the International Centre for … Continue reading The Walking Oxymoron Strikes Again & 2 Good News Stories

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Oct
23

Match Fixing 301 Course

Dear Friends, The lectures will be controversial. The material will be accurate. There will be shocking videos. Please see below my thoughts on the upcoming Play the Game conference in Denmark. If you’re a conference participant I guarantee that you will not leave unshaken. Introduction It was a dramatic and surprising announcement. Ten years ago … Continue reading Match Fixing 301 Course

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Oct
15

7 Things to Know about the FIFA Scandal

Now that Sepp Blatter has been driven off into the sunset from FIFA, it is time to reflect on the long-sorry, scandal ridden years of his reign. Seven things then that we have learned: 1) The Watergate of Sports Stories: It was not ESPN, nor any of the other big sports channels or well-established sports … Continue reading 7 Things to Know about the FIFA Scandal

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