Sports & Gambling – Where Is Sportsmanship?


Only a few thousand years ago, the sport reached its peak when the Romans had what they called their own version of the Olympics. The progression of these games has seen what we now have as the modern Olympics.

Since then, many other sports have grown in popularity in modern times, the largest being football, followed by almost 2 billion followers worldwide. Many of these sports have made millionaires players who excel and represent their sports on the international stage.

The most famous being Tiger Woods (n ° 1 of golfers in the world) who was proclaimed 1st billionaire sportsman since the beginning of the sport.

There is also Michael Jordan (considered by many to be the greatest basketball player of all time) who is a few hundred million dollars from becoming a billionaire himself.

With these players, it can't easily be said that they haven't made 100% every time they go out and play. Looking at their performance record, it would be easier to say that they have excelled in 90% of the times they have played. As humans, we all have our bad days due to illness, stress, family problems, etc. Thus, the few performances below standards.

But there are sports that are so clearly transparent that the game has taken root in their sacred management rooms. The sport I'm talking about is FOOTBALL.

Take the example of the recent World Cup. There have been more than 20 incidents where a bad call or no call from the referee or linesman made a critical difference in the outcome of the match. This would seem insignificant to most viewers, with the exception of those who bet on the outcome of the match. And it is the belief that at least 5% of viewers bet on matches around the world. This would represent 100 million viewers worldwide. If the value of each bet was $ 10, that would make the value of each match a cool $ 1 billion. There were over 30 games throughout the tournament. That's over $ 30 billion at stake. Surprising isn't it. Just over a period of about 30 days.

You see, the mistakes made by the referee or the linesmen could have been avoided if FIFA (the world football governing body) had agreed to install the video playback which is currently used by other sports like tennis and badminton. It only takes a few seconds to verify the reading. It also removes the "unfair game" factor. Joseph Blatter (President of FIFA) made a statement on "fair play and respect". What fair play? Millions have been lost to unions. So why the indifference of FIFA? Could it be that the gaming unions have their support even within FIFA ???

This means that the past history of football could very well have changed if video playback technology was implemented and I would like to recall this most famous incident involving Diego Maradona and his “ hand of God '' incident. 39; & # 39; against England. He scored with his hand which is actually a foul. Not a goal.

Let's take an example, a high level team playing with a team ranked in the 70s. The chances of the best team passing probably being 3 or less than 1. This means that anyone who bet on the best team is likely to win $ 30 or less if he had bet $ 10. If 10 million viewers did the same, the stake in the match would be around $ 300 million. It is very easy to buy someone for say $ 1 million when the bet is $ 300 million, isn't it? It is very difficult as a human to ignore this kind of temptation when you win about $ 100 to $ 200 per game (as in the case of linesmen and referees and not to do 39; call at a critical stage during the match).

Let's take a look at the same example, but with a different bet. Most bets are on a variable bet. This means that the bet is divided into several stakes. Take team A (best team) and team X (ranked 70). The bet would look like this:

Team A defeats Team X = the odds are 3 to 1

Team A defeats Team X by 1 goal = the odds are 3 to 1

Team A defeated Team X by 2 goals = the odds are 5 to 1

Team A drew with team X (90 minutes) = the odds are 10 to 1

So if there is a result where team X defeats team A or ties with team A (full match, including extra time), these are all benefits for unions.

There have in the past been recorded cases of referees and linesmen involved in match fixing. Incidents have also been reported in the past involving football players involved in match-fixing. So with all this sordid history, don't you think FIFA would like to implement video playback technology? If they haven't done it and carry over this blatant truth technology, you must ask yourself why? WHY?

This would not even be considered if video playback technology were implemented.

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