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How Cable’s Slow Decline Led to a New Era of Gambling Scandal

Mar 22, 2024

With Shohei Ohtani enmeshed in a betting scandal, look for Major League Baseball and other sports leagues to imitate Claude Rains in Casablanca, proclaiming they’re shocked, shocked, to find that gambling is going on before pocketing their winnings.

MLB and the Dodgers can act as shocked they want, but the warning signs have been there, ranging from the suspicions rising around Temple’s men’s basketball team to Cavaliers coach J.B. Bickerstaff warning he’s been threatened by gamblers.

Whatever the truth behind the transfer of millions of dollars from Ohtani’s account to an illegal gambling operation—something for which people around the superstar have already offered shifting explanations—scandal was inevitable given the sports industry’s open-armed embrace of gambling. And, it’s only a matter of time before a genuinely catastrophic scandal erupts involving a player, coach, or a crooked referee like the infamous Tim Donaghy.

Source: Front Office Sports

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