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Do you want to know how the online sports betting industry started tiptoeing around the rules of the government? Do you know why federal agencies and local authorities are constantly on the lookout for such activity?

Well, these instances in the history of sports betting might give you an idea why.

1919 World Series – Black Sox

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You may have read in a previous article of ours about a certain event wherein a player threw off his game in order for the other team to win and make money for gamblers.

Apparently, this instance has happened before during the Black Sox game during the 1919 World Series. On top of that, it wasn’t just one person, there were 8 of them.

As far as the court ruling goes, none of them was charged or found guilty, however, the association for baseball deemed it necessary to kick them off the sport and ban them for life. And if that doesn’t scream guilty, we don’t know what does.

NIT and NCAA Tournament

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Just like what happened with Chicago White Sox wherein a group of players threw off their game in order to make the opposite team win, the NIT and NCAA tournament also had a similar experience but on a different level.

In this case, instead of teammates rigging the result, people from different teams colluded in order to get the result that they need for those who are betting for them and against them.

As far as the investigation went, 33 players were involved and suspended, a team got banned, and no tournament has taken place for about 30 years.

After these events, there were a few more scandals that happened which made the government realize that sports betting is indeed something that one ought not to get involved with.

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Federal Bureau of Investigation, or the FBI, is the principal federal law enforcement agency of the United States. In other words, they are primarily responsible for the safety of the entire country.

This means that they, too, need to make sure that every illegal activity in the country has been neutralized.

On the other hand, sports betting is the act of betting on the odds of sports. The activity ranges from who scores first up to who will win the entire game or even a season. As far as the entire United States is concerned, they do not allow such activity for a certain reason.

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The Crime in Sports Betting

Do you know that their main reason for regarding such activity as an FBI crime? It is because of the manipulation that goes around with it. And this isn’t just about how big sharks can manipulate their money by laundering it through this channel, it’s about manipulating the game as a whole.

You may not be familiar with this but there have been times where people who actually played in a sport tried to throw off their game in order to make the other team win. And do you know how they end up doing that? It’s because they start betting on their own game.

You see, if you bet on your game or even on other sports and you start losing, you’ll eventually go in deep debt. If you fail to pay these debts, there is a chance that they’d make you pay in another way which is through manipulating you to lose a game.

Because of this manipulation, the FBI would like to make sure that those who are determined to play dirty will be behind bars once they know who they are. This probably is also the reason why sports betting isn’t legalized yet.