|$95 Billion Sports Gambling and Tennis Match-Fixing
By: Cindy Wendland
The initial stories coming out regarding match-fixing in professional tennis seemed like a story unworthy to write about. We always felt the sport of tennis was a classy and sophisticated sport filled with respectable players. More commentary and comments from readers inspired a reaction to the claims regarding tennis match-fixing.
We try not to be cynical, yet we try to be realistic and not wear rose-colored glasses. Betting on college and professional sports exists. Bets can be taken in several places, including Vegas and area casinos. On a smaller scale, betting also exists in office pools and with friends and family. The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992, known as the "Bradley Act," banned betting on sports in all but the four states of Nevada, Delaware, Oregon, and Montana. Proponents of legalizing gambling argue that wagering on sports already goes on illegally and bringing it out into the light of day would eliminate corruption.
Is illegal gambling something to worry about? Well, addiction and corruption do exist. More significantly, it is estimated that $95 billion is bet on football alone. How much is $95 billion? $95 billion is the amount of debt relief estimated to keep Greece out of financial depression. $95 billion is how much Zuckerberg plans to give to charity. Finally, $95 billion is the estimated amount that NYC would lose because of the September 11 terrorist attacks. It is a large sum of money. Where there is money, there is corruption.
How will fans of tennis know when a match is truly being won or if a player is throwing the match? What will professional tennis do to restore its image and eliminate this problem? Quite a task. We would much rather have a logo problem to fix.
Cindy Wendland has a background in marketing and finance. She is the creative director for an online men's health magazine, BrainBrawnBody.com, and she gets to write their leisure/travel blog. She is also a web designer helping her clients with online community engagement, websitesbywendland.com. Prior to her web years, she worked in pharmacy consulting.
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