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Could it be possible that your favorite sports are fixed? Join the guys in this audio snippet as they interview Brian Tuohy, author of The Fix is In, on the murky connections between sports, gambling, politics, and organized crime in the first part of this two-episode series.
and most difficult sports to fix. We know the unfortunate thing is I get asked a lot like, What's the least corrupt sport? And unfortunately, I can't name one because you really, if you do some digging around, you'll realize almost every professional sport has been negatively influenced by some sort of corruption. I mean, you could go soccer, cricket, tennis, rugby, baseball, football, boxing, hockey, the UFC horse racin. I mean, the list goes on and on, and you confined corruption in terms of altering the outcomes of certain events. In all of those things, you can even find it. Little League Baseball. I've seen it where, you know, The Chicago team from the Little League World Series a couple years ago was deemed illegal where, I think, a New York team a few years ago ahead, a pitcher who was 14 and he should only been 12 and they lied about his age. I mean, it's unfortunately everywhere, but in terms of your direct question, I think the easiest sports to manipulate from a fixing angle for betting purposes one is soccer because it's happening all over the globe, and it's been happening for a very long time. and they can't. Maybe they don't, but they can't seem to stop it. But in America, I think that too biggest one to be football and basketball because of that point spread and the idea of the point spread. And I can explain why is basically because what people can do is they could get athletes to what they call shave points. Or again if you go back to that to seven point, UH, point spread on that bear Packer, the fictional bear Packer game E means you could approach the players or players from the Packers and say, Look, you can still win the game. You could still beat the Bears. That's fine. Just don't cover that point breath. Instead of winning by more than seven. Just win by like, three points and therefore Aiken bet the Bears. You can still win your game, but because the Bears air getting seven points and they only lost by three in the betting parlance, they won the game by four. So that's the tricky thing, and you could do it a lot and I think it occurs a lot, especially the college level in basketball and football. Because of these points spreads where a team can still win, but yet not cover. The point spread, and that makes it really hard to uncover. Who really was giving 100% out there and who maybe was doing something a little illegal? That's my question. Isn't it really difficult to do? It seems like such a precise thing to influence the outcome of a game just by a certain number of points based on what you do and not have it be completely transparent. Anybody watching saying, Oh, that guy totally took a dive there. He screwed up that play. It was clearly on purpose, like, how do these? It seems like there's a whole another level of skill required to be able to do this convincingly. We'll get some funny. He said that like Joe Nemeth, back in the late sixties, was accused of throwing a couple of football games because I think twice in the 1968 season, he through like five interceptions within a single game, and he kind of got fingered for potentially throwing those games. And your name was when approached and asked about. He said, Look, because I wouldn't be dumb enough. The throw five interceptions in the game I fixed. What I would do is I would throw the ball slightly out of the reach of the wide receiver or I, you know, mishandle a snap or I would you just do something small that would be imperceptible. And that's how it fixed the game. I wouldn't make it obvious like that, which I always found funny, because that means obviously joining has kind of thought about it and how he would fix a game if need be. But apparently he claims he didn't do it because he would have made it that obvious. And, I mean, there's a guy by the name of Lefty Rosenthal. He's an old old guy. He, um the movie casino was actually based on Lefty Rosenthal. He was a real guy, and the movie it's played by Robert De Niro's name is like eight Rothstein or something like that. But that's really Lefty Rosenthal left. Rosenthal was known to fix games, and he would actually have college kids. College basketball players practice missing layups, so they looked more realistic. When they did it, he was even known to actually, supposedly, he gave food poisoning to an entire football team that came into town to play Northwestern University, and he invited the other team out for dinner and gave him all food poisoning at a restaurant he was familiar with to make sure he won his bet. So I mean, there's there's, there's various ways to do this but yeah, I mean, I think it wouldn't be necessarily blatantly obvious, although sometimes it very well could be. And yet, you know, how do you figure somebody for it? Because it could just be somebody's have.