It can be argued that gambling and sports have a relationship since time immemorial. There is a relationship between the two, and one cannot live without the other. Professional tennis is often associated with match-fixing and parties who have vested interest in the game. Professional tennis player commented during the Australian Open that it is quite strange to note that betting companies are coming on board to sponsor the tournament. Sports gambling giant William Hill was taken on board as the official advertising sponsors for the entire tournament: Australian Open. It is indeed strange to note that the fact that players cannot be sponsored by such betting companies, but the entire tournament can be.
This proves the point that gambling has always been mired with betting. Before online casinos came into existence, we had the casinos, and before all of that; we had the bookies. The rising problem is not about the fact that people are indulging in betting during the game. The problem is about the stakes of it. It is soaring leaps and bounds and there is absolutely no way to monitor or control that. The stakes soared gigantically from $41.4 billion to $7.4 billion during 2003. It is because of these statistics that fixing a game seems a possible solution. Moreover, it is even tempting to fix a game that has such high stakes than to lose it.
Tennis star Novak Djokovic also mentioned that he was offered $200,000 to lose a match. He was in a position to laugh at the matter and walk away from it. But, think about someone who is not as successful as him, would another player accept the given amount? You never know, and there is no way to find out. But one thing is certain that, some amounts are huge and many players succumb to the offer.
It sounds surprising but many leagues instantly accept offers from major gambling companies as their sponsors or partners. But when some player is accused of fixing the match, then all of them act surprised as if this piece was news is fresh and hot.
Another aspect to the partnership is the commercials you will see on TV during their matches. For example, Bet365, the online gambling website had a tie-up with CFL a couple of years back. During all of it NFL’s games, people were bombarded with advertisements about sports betting websites such as DraftKings and FanDuel.
Every sport is mired with controversies where players have been approached to fix a match, or they have fixing it behind closed doors. These reports flourish in the newspaper and it is no surprise that most of it is true.
Another report published in London’s Daily Telegraph pointed out that according to the European Sports Security Association, more than 18 big sports-betting companies have indulged in suspicious patterns of betting. And this happened only in the beginning of 2015. It is interesting to note that tennis topped the charts. Furthermore, 12 other sports were also included in the list.