Posts Tagged "gambling"

The A-League is not immune to the issues raised by the Australian Crime Commission two days ago. But rather than drug use, it is the scourge of match-fixing that football in Australia is most susceptible to.

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Lately, everyone’s talking about gambling in sport. Live odds, sponsorship, stadium naming rights, exotic bets, relentless advertising… it’s in the news, on TV and radio, they’re even arguing about it in Canberra.

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The AFL’s swift response to comments made by sacked Adelaide recruiter Matt Rendell shows how fiercely the league protects its reputation for reconciliation and engagement with Aboriginal Australia.

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Nathan Bock is not a cheat. He has never tried to fix an AFL match. He has never played at anything less than his full potential in his time at Adelaide and now the Gold Coast.

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We are in a right pickle, make no mistake. The suggested punishments for footballers implicated in betting ‘scandals’ have escalated sharply in the last few months, from Ayatollah Whately’s call for year-long bans to now, if you can believe it, imprisonment.

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Everyone is happy to sit and chastise AFL players who continue to engage in forbidden betting activity. However, little thought is given to what must actually be occurring in the player’s mind when making such a decision.

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Yesterday the AFL suspended Heath Shaw for “14 matches” – six of them are suspended – for betting on Collingwood teammate Nick Maxwell to kick the first goal in the club’s Round 9 game against Adelaide. The bet was placed after Shaw learned that Maxwell would start the game up forward instead of his usual […]

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Television’s own “cash for comment” scandal appears to have been nipped in the bud, and ministers should take a bow. Their move to axe broadcasting of live odds during sporting matches is so obviously in the community’s best interests that Big Sport itself saw it coming and welcomed it.

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I love sport, and most things associated with it. I love the pre-game banter. I love the atmosphere ahead of a big match. I love the debate that sport stirs up, and until recently I have been more than happy to tolerate the pastime of betting on sport.

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The view for a spectator at a modern-day AFL game is somewhat similar to scenes out of ‘A Beautiful Mind’. The film’s protagonist, John Nash, is an asocial mathematical genius. Unlike the stereotypical high-school student, he finds comfort through algebraic equations.

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A woman who tried to lay an unusually large bet on the NRL match now under investigation by Australian authorities tipped off the New Zealand TAB to a possible scam.

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Cricket and gambling have had an uneasy relationship almost for as long as the game has been played.

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What a spectacle the clash between Lyon and Liverpool at the Stade Gerland was. The stage was set after the speculation surrounding Rafa’s job but all-in-all it was a drab affair, Ryan Babel’s 30-yard stunner being the only highlight worth mentioning. But it was for a more trivial matter that the game was so enjoyable.

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Strictly speaking this headline is dead wrong. We have a physical activity that is engaged in at a competitive level with a set of fairly clear rules and guidelines.

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There has been discussion in the media recently suggesting that the government will ban advertising by alcohol companies for sports.

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We’re entering an era of exponential growth in football betting. Internet and mobile phone technology have made it easy to access on shore and off shore betting companies.

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Andy Roddick has laughed off a warning about Twitter messages from the anti-gambling watchdogs of tennis as an over-the-top worry about the latest social network advance.

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Melbourne Victory midfielder Grant Brebner admits betting against his own club was the biggest mistake of his career. Brebner made a brief statement apologising for his actions on Monday, the first time he had spoken publicly since last week being suspended for two A-League matches.

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Despite being a card carrying Aussie and Roosters fan of 40 years, I am happy that Australia lost the World Cup. I was disgusted with their theiving of Tupou from a Pacific Islands team when another Australian player withdrew. Rugby League and in particular in NRL and ARL is cynical in the extreme.

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Some sportsmen get into nasty fights on the field, even after a career of success and sportsmanship. It’s always sad to see that repeated later in life as some of them saddle themselves with debts that they can’t pay back.

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