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May
14

The Pearl Harbor of U.S. Sports Gambling: 7 points on the Supreme Court Decision

There are certain days and events in history where everything changes. One day is ‘before’ – then the event happens and everything is changed ‘after’ that moment.  You can choose your personal moment in history: September 11th, the Fall of the Berlin Wall, Pearl Harbor, Black Tuesday and the Great Depression, the Assassination of Archduke … Continue reading The Pearl Harbor of U.S. Sports Gambling: 7 points on the Supreme Court Decision

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Apr
25

“You’re Going to Lose, Why Don’t You Lose with Money in Your Pocket?” Five Points About the Tennis Match-Fixing Report

Today, April 25 – the Independent Review of Integrity in Tennis Interim Report came out in London. It cost over £15 million pounds  to complete. Five points: 1. Good job. This was independent and it accurately pointed out something that the sport has hated to admit: Tanking – deliberate under performance has long been part … Continue reading “You’re Going to Lose, Why Don’t You Lose with Money in Your Pocket?” Five Points About the Tennis Match-Fixing Report

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Mar
9

Poor, Old Qatar: labour conditions and the compromised fight against match-fixing

The timing could not be better. Just as the sporting world endures another hot-air session a.k.a. an international conference on match-fixing sponsored by the Qatar 2022 World Cup Committee, out comes a new report on labour conditions in Qatar and the building of the World Cup infrastructure and stadiums. The report,  by the external company charged by … Continue reading Poor, Old Qatar: labour conditions and the compromised fight against match-fixing

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Feb
14

The Grey Market of Match-Fixing in European Football

Its about the grey market – il sistema – of points buying or match-fixing. This is the unspoken of secret that lurks at the heart of many European football leagues. If you have seen the announcement by the Spanish authorities of their request for a ban and jail some 41 of their top footballers, you … Continue reading The Grey Market of Match-Fixing in European Football

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Feb
6

The Russian Olympic Doping File

It is a slow-moving disaster than penalizes clean athletes and rewards a dirty system. Welcome to the Russian state sponsored doping saga, episode number 58. ** Here is some context. For those readers who do not follow the fast, exciting world of winter sports in the Virgin Islands – the beach training is intense and … Continue reading The Russian Olympic Doping File

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Jan
24

Whatever It Takes: The Inside Story of the FIFA Way

After reading – Whatever It Takes: The Inside Story of the FIFA Way – you feel dirty. It is like bathing in a pool of scummy water for hours, but is nonetheless a fascinating story from a former insider of the FIFA world. Bonita Mersiades was a senior executive in the Football Federation of Australia … Continue reading Whatever It Takes: The Inside Story of the FIFA Way

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Jan
8

FIFA Corruption: “Friends in the media”

The FIFA Corruption trial in Brooklyn is over now comes the question who really broke the story of high-level bribery and corruption in international soccer? Clue – it was not the sport journalists.  “The ladies and gentlemen of the press came a great deal cheaper than an Olympic Committee member. If their              potential accreditation to … Continue reading FIFA Corruption: “Friends in the media”

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Dec
5

Suspicious Games in the Champions League & the Great Olympic Scandal

Interesting week in international sports. Lets start with the Champions League where once again we have a ‘choke-point’ where games are regularly fixed. Here is the scenario.  You are a UEFA investigator. The rest of the world thinks that you have unlimited resources and money coming out of your elbows. You know that if you’re … Continue reading Suspicious Games in the Champions League & the Great Olympic Scandal

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Nov
16

FIFA trial: It’s a mob affair

Alleged FIFA crime boss For years, reporters have been fond of saying “FIFA mafia”, “Mobsters of Football”. It has made for good copy, sold lots of media space – but what words do we use now that there really is a trial that focuses on the widespread criminal activity inside FIFA? The Brooklyn Federal Court … Continue reading FIFA trial: It’s a mob affair

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Nov
9

Communists, Criminals or Both? The October Revolution

The door is thick and well padded, but it was not enough to protect the leaders of the first Russian revolution. It is located in a room in the labyrinth-like Hermitage Palace on the seafront of Saint Petersburg. Today, the Hermitage is the world’s largest museum. In October 1917, it was the headquarters of the … Continue reading Communists, Criminals or Both? The October Revolution

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