A critical mass of corruption: why some football leagues have more match-fixing than others

Declan Hill (Department of Sociology, University of Oxford, Oxford, England)

International Journal of Sports Marketing and Sponsorship

ISSN: 1464-6668

Publication date: 1 April 2010

Abstract

This paper examines what drives match-fixing in football and why some leagues collapse from corruption. Based on more than 220 interviews with players, referees, sports officials and law enforcement officers, the gambling industry and corrupters, three factors presented when high levels of match-fixing were observed: strong illegal gambling networks, high levels of relative exploitation of players, and perceived corrupt officials. Leagues collapsed if the public became aware of high-level corruption and an alternative market competitor was introduced.

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Hill, D. (2010), "A critical mass of corruption: why some football leagues have more match-fixing than others", International Journal of Sports Marketing and Sponsorship, Vol. 11 No. 3, pp. 38-52. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJSMS-11-03-2010-B005

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2010 by Winthrop Publications Limited

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