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Cheating the SpreadGamblers, Point Shavers, and Game Fixers in College Football and Basketball$
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Albert J. Figone

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037283

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037283.001.0001

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Creating A Game for Gamblers

Creating A Game for Gamblers

The Rise of College Basketball

(p.1) One Creating A Game for Gamblers
Cheating the Spread

Albert J. Figone

University of Illinois Press

This chapter traces how basketball grew in popularity since its invention in 1891, and how this popularity eventually made college basketball an ideal hotbed for gambling operations. As basketball's popularity increased, colleges began to view the sport as a source of income. Large gymnasiums and field houses appeared on campuses, and with more spectators and more money, more gambling appeared. The chapter looks at how a combination of factors—including the addition of new rules in college basketball, a decline in the American economy, the introduction of new technology in the form of radio broadcasts, among others—came together to facilitate gambling in college basketball games.

Keywords:   basketball, college basketball, sports bribery, economic decline, basketball rules, radio, game fixing, game rigging

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