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There’s a game-fixing scandal going on in Korea

Feb 15, 2012, 8:50 AM EST

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Last November we heard about game-fixing in Taiwan.  Apparently it’s a problem in Korea now too:

Baseball and basketball officials on Tuesday were scrambling to find evidence of match-fixing attempts in their professional leagues, following recent testimony by a gambling broker, who has been arrested for an alleged connection with volleyball match fixing, that other leagues also had match-rigging issues … According to prosecutors, the arrested broker, surnamed Kim, said on Monday he heard about match-fixing schemes in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) and the Korean Basketball League (KBL) games, from another broker surnamed Kang.

Don’t scoff at the volleyball match fixing. Volleyball is huge in Korea.

Not huge: player salaries in any of these sports if the gamblers can entice them to throw games.  The rule on the clubhouse wall against gambling in the major leagues is great and all, but it’s probably also the case that high salaries keep U.S. players from putting in the fix. I mean, really, when you’re making millions, there’s no percentage in taking thousands from a gambler.

(link via BTF)

  1. atworkident - Feb 15, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    I guess the KBO has bigger problems than the Orioles right now.

    • DJ MC - Feb 15, 2012 at 12:38 PM

      I thought I saw somewhere that the police were tipped off by a source wearing a black-and-orange cap who wished to remain anonymous.

      (For the record, if that were the case, it would be awesome in the truest, Bill-Engvallian sense of the word.)

  2. buffalomafia - Feb 15, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Is Pete Rose there?

  3. Kevin S. - Feb 15, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Not huge: player salaries in any of these sports if the gamblers can entice them to throw games. The rule on the clubhouse wall against gambling in the major leagues is great and all, but it’s probably also the case that high salaries keep U.S. players from putting in the fix. I mean, really, when you’re making millions, there’s no percentage in taking thousands from a gambler.

    Care to explain this to the NCAA, which claims that somehow forbidding players from taking salary is what prevents match-fixing?

  4. jwbiii - Feb 15, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    “I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!”

  5. db105 - Feb 15, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    What surprise?

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