Report: Widespread Match-Fixing in Pro Tennis

business_ethics_highlights_2There are many forms of cheating in sport, or in any given sport. The accusation in the story linked below is that certain top players “threw” matches (i.e., lost intentionally). There are at least two different kinds of match-throwing, two different reasons players might do that. First, they might do it in early rounds of a tournament as a way of messing with rankings: lose to a low-ranking competitor now, to help bump a higher-ranking (and more dangerous) player out of the finals. Second, and most relevant here, is throwing a match because you’ve been paid to do so by someone who has a (financial) interest in the outcome. Is one worse than the other? Is the former a kind of “gamesmanship” while the latter is a form of (criminal) fraud? Is one ethically worse than the other? Why? >>>

LINK: Widespread match-fixing exists at top levels of world tennis, report says (from Reuters via the Globe and Mail)

Widespread suspected match-fixing exists at the top level of world tennis, including at Wimbledon, according to secret files obtained by the BBC and BuzzFeed News.

Over the past decade, 16 players ranked in the top 50 have been repeatedly flagged to the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU), which was set up to police the sport, over suspicions they have thrown matches, the news agencies said.

…The documents show the inquiry found betting syndicates in Russia, northern Italy and Sicily making hundreds of thousands of pounds betting on games that investigators thought to be fixed. Three of these games were at Wimbledon…..

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