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New PDF release: Cheating the Spread: Gamblers, Point Shavers, and Game

By Albert J. Figone

Delving into the heritage of playing and corruption in intercollegiate activities, Cheating the Spread recounts the entire significant playing scandals in university soccer and basketball. Digging via courtroom files, newspapers, executive records, and college data and carrying out inner most interviews, Albert J. Figone reveals that video game rigging has been pervasive and national all through many of the activities' heritage. The insidious perform has unfold to implicate not just bookies and unscrupulous gamblers but additionally university directors, athletic organizers, coaches, fellow scholars, and the athletes themselves.

 

Naming the avid gamers, coaches, gamblers, and go-betweens concerned, Figone discusses various university basketball and soccer video games mentioned to were mounted and describes some of the tools used to achieve unfair virtue, within details, or undue revenue. His survey of faculty soccer contains early years of playing on video games among proven colleges resembling Yale, Princeton, and Harvard; Notre Dame's All-American halfback and expert gambler George Gipp; and the 1962 allegations of insider details among Alabama trainer Paul "Bear" Bryant and previous Georgia trainer James Wallace "Wally" Butts; and lots of different fresh incidents. extraordinary occasions in basketball comprise the 1951 scandal concerning urban university of recent York and 6 different colleges through the East Coast and the Midwest; the 1961 point-shaving incident that positioned an everlasting finish to the Dixie vintage event; the 1978 scheme within which underworld figures recruited and bribed numerous Boston collage avid gamers to make sure a positive aspect unfold; the 1994-95 Northwestern scandal within which avid gamers wager opposed to their very own group; and different contemporary examples of compromised gameplay and gambling.

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