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With Sports Betting Scandals It’s Time for Responsibility

Gambling over sports is always exciting. People love sports betting because it’s a kind of gambling that reflects their knowledge about the game, their wishes for the outcome and their ability to put everything together into a prediction. You might say that sports gambling is more skill dependant than luck involved. However, this is exactly why sports gambling is also a target for major scandals. People from inside the sports industry can influence the way matches are played – what is called match-fixing – and then rip the profits from bookies.

We all heard of the Italian soccer scandal of last year and now we learn of a possible match fixing scandal involving UEFA teams. This surely projects negatively on the sport and on online casino sports gambling. If such scandals continue, online casino sites will have a hard time recreating people that would be willing to risk their money for matches that might be fixed. Maybe online casino sites should start taking bets for the next big scandal? What country will be the next in line in sports match-fixing? If enjoy the situation could be that funny. Unfortunately, it’s far from that. The fact that people might not feel comfortable heading to the online casinos will affect the industry.

With Euro 2008 rounding the corner, online casino sites should work together and try to make sports betting more appealing in light of recent developments. Sites should offer players a responsible environment where they can gamble freely and without any risk (other than the one they take as part of participating). Online gambling sites should offer refunds for wagers that turn out to be related to match-fixing scandals so people feel comfortable putting an ante over wagers. It will show that the industry is responsible and that wrongdoers are not part of the system.

OCA News Editor

Christian Bright is a professional sports commentator with keen interests in football, tennis and horse racing. His experience in the reporting on professional sports makes him a key asset to OCA’s coverage of athletic events and matches.

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