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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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Student-Athletes and Campus Bookies

Student-Athletes and Campus Bookies

Basketball Scandals of the 1980s and 1990s

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(p.128) Eight Student-Athletes and Campus Bookies
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Cheating the Spread
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Albert J. Figone

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252037283.003.0008

This chapter reviews further basketball scandals from the 1980s and 1990s. As the professionalization and commercialization of college sports continued, gambling became increasingly accepted among college students. Since wagering on college sports was illegal in all states except Nevada, shady bookmakers reaped immense sums from the public's interest in betting on college football and basketball. By the early 1980s, the NCAA relied on the federal, state, and local governments to enforce and prosecute gambling-related crimes because the association, along with the conferences and colleges' athletic establishments, found it impossible to prevent game fixing. Most coaches had convinced the public that it was impossible to detect the rigging of basketball games, a viewpoint that only encouraged anyone wanting to fix games. A new generation of college student gamblers on sports would contribute to the decades-old scourge of game rigging, leading once again to federal and state investigations and prosecutions.

Keywords:   1980s, 1990s, college gambling, college sports, gambling-related crimes, game fixing, basketball scandals, college student gamblers, game rigging

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