The Other Side Of Online Gambling
Added: June 1, 2015
It goes without saying that when you take the time to do your homework ahead of time before you place your next online sports bet, you are for the most part at least somewhat optimistic that your sports bet is going to fatten your wallet a bit. Unless, it doesn’t. And worse still, if your sport bet goes wrong for something you cannot have forseen and certainly could not have found in any of your preliminary research.
The last thing you would ever want to find out is that your sports bet was perfectly fine in and of itself. The problem turned out to be with, shall we say a ‘rogue’ player or players on the team you had wagered your hard earned money on. In other words, it’s about a player who turned sour, a player who snuck out and met with undisclosed parties who promised to fatten that player’s wallet if he would just ‘play ball’. In other words, this rogue player decided for whatever reason to take a cash (most likely in small bills totaling up to big numbers) payment to throw the game.
So imagine the consequences when and if this sort of event takes place. Imagine thousands, most likely hundreds of thousands of relatively smaller online gambling fans like yourselvelf ending up with the proverbial short end of the stick. The thing is, unless and until this sort of activity is uncovered, you may not even be aware that it happened or is happening.
The hard hitting reality of players throwing the game for cash came to everyone’s attention recently with the public revelation of a 2 1/2 year jail term for a player that was convicted of match fixing. The international football player Delroy Facey received a jail term for his actions. In addition, striker Facey was also found guilty; in this case his crime was conspiring to bribe non-leaque players. There are more cases and names that could be added to the list. But that is for another time and place. The point here is to let you in on industry problem.
At the same time, consider this as a callout to the professional sports industry. If professional sports wants to remain popular with the public, there needs to be a zero tolerance policy for this sort of behavior. Otherwise, the public who at this point trusts professional athletes at least somewhat might in fact lose faith in their sports heroes.
That will start a domino like effect where fans stop tuning in and turn to other avenues for their entertainment. In the modern era, sports fans and sports betting fans alike have hundreds of entertainment choices to choose from. Best that the professional sports industry get their house in order.