The Biggest Scandals in Sports
Since professional sports got created, players have been guilty of betting on their own games, or those of others, and gamblers have been hunting up ways to shift the odds their way behind the scenes. Here are some of the biggest transgressions in the world of sports and gambling.
The Black Sox 1919 World Series
Possibly the greatest scandal in sports, New York Times headlines screamed that it was the first time in history that a Baseball club so used to winning pennants had received such a thorough thrashing in an opening game. This was after the White Sox got defeated in the 1st Game of the 1919 World Series with a final score of 9 – 1, to the Cincinnati Reds. The paper wasn’t aware that the walloping was as a result of eight players who agreed to throw the Series for gamblers!
CCNY Point Shaving in 1950
32 college Basketball players from a total of seven schools around the USA were entangled in a point shaving scheme run by the mafia that hit four schools in New York and three from out-of-state, with one of the latter being Kentucky.
It was a huge blow to college Basketball, especially when you take in to account that most of the accused players had been on the City College of New York, or CCNY, 1950 team, which went on to become the first and only squad ever to win the National Collegiate Athletic Association, or NCAA, and National Invitation Tournament, or NIT, tournaments.
The scandal decimated the squad, as those who enjoy the sports betting NZ and the rest of the world has to offer can well imagine. Rivalling the Dodgers and Yankees for supremacy in New York sports at the time, the CCNY scandal saw that school’s affiliation with major athletics come to a screeching halt. Despite Adolph Rupp insisting that his boys would never be involved in schemes this nefarious, the holier-than-thou coach’s Kentucky team was banned for an entire season.
Pete Rose Banned in 1989
The hit king for all-time, Rose got banned for life back in 1989 after he was busted betting on games, something he had been adamantly denying for 15 years.
His eventual admission to wagering was made when he was managing the Cincinnati Reds, but it arrived along with a solemn oath that he had never staked a cent on baseball while he was actually playing. Not once! Just a few years later he was outed in yet another lie, when evidence revealed that he had, in fact, been betting as much as once a day in 1987, and typically for amounts of or around US$2 000.
Though he often bet on his team, Rose swore to high heaven that he had never once wagered against them, and, despite his questionable relationship with the truth, this last claim seems to be legitimate. No evidence has ever been uncovered that suggests otherwise, and, in all honesty, it doesn’t quite gel with what is known about him, either.