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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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Stinking It Up

Stinking It Up

The 1951 College Basketball Gambling Scandal

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Cheating the Spread

Albert J. Figone

University of Illinois Press

This chapter discusses the 1951 college basketball gambling scandal, arguing that, contrary to popular belief, the largest gambling scandal in the history of sports up to 1951 was not an isolated incident, but a product of a disease that had been growing unchecked since the early 1900s. In the 1951 college basketball scandal, a total of thirty-five active and ex-players were accused of accepting $50,000 to fix eighty-six games. Sixteen players reported that they had spurned bribe offers totaling $22,900. Twenty-one gamblers and go-betweens were also implicated. Yet, as the chapter shows, at the close of the 1940s, corruption in college basketball games was so rampant that it had become the norm.

Keywords:   1951 gambling scandal, college basketball, sports history, game fixing, sports bribery, corruption, gambling scandals, basketball players

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