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Widespread Corruption in Sports Gambling: Fact Or Fiction

  • Richard Borghesi

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    (Texas State University, McCoy College of Business Administration, Department of Finance and Economics)

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    We examine whether point-shaving is widespread in National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball by comparing bet and game outcomes with those in professional sports. Results suggest that unusual patterns previously suspected to be indicators of point-shaving are ubiquitous throughout sports and unlikely to be caused by corruption. We suggest that line shading by sports books may explain the anomalies in game and bet outcome distributions.

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    Article provided by Southern Economic Association in its journal Southern Economic Journal.

    Volume (Year): 74 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 4 (April)
    Pages: 1063-1069

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    Handle: RePEc:sej:ancoec:v:74:4:y:2008:p:1063-1069
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