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Steve Ingham

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Hey Guys, firstly thanks for the conversation. It is an interesting point you make in relation to corruption. The worst thing about corruption is the stench it leaves behind. Whether that corruption be drugs, match/spot fixing or otherwise, the implications are so long lasting. Cricket and Cycling are two of the sports that people scoff at when results are read out. People have become so tainted by the corruption in those sports, it is incredibly hard to know what is and what is not an exceptional result. Think back to 18 months ago at the Sydney Test Match vs Pakistan. Had the Aussies performed that comeback in one of the Ashes tests last year, it would be lauded as one of the great performances in recent decades. The fact that it was against Pakistan, and that their Wicketkeeper dropped the same batsman 4 times, and everyone discards the result as being totally out of Australia’s hands.

While my article was talking more about the ambush promotion of betting in sport, there is no doubt there is a corrulation between the more betting options and promotion of these options, and the potential for greed and corruption. The NRL betting scandal is a perfect example. It would be very hard for one or two players to fix the result of a Rugby league match purely because there are so many participants. The fixing of certain events in the match though, not quite so hard.

More restrictions on betting needed