Jumping into Fixing

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Football--Betting, Gambling and crime


There is a wave of globalized match-fixing occurring in football. In the last few years, there have been investigations and scandals in dozens of different countries in every continent. However, no academic has explored why the players agree to fix these football matches? They display few of the characteristics of normal deviancy: the athletes have high societal and sexual status. They are, purportedly, well-rewarded for their work. In previous work, it has been shown that the athletes are rarely coerced into fixing, so why would they fix matches? In this paper, the author uses both quantitative and qualitative (including interviews with some athletes) methods to show that fixing is largely the purview of older players nearing the end of their careers.


This article was originally published in the journal, Trends in Organized Crime, volume 18, issue 3, 2015.

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Hill, D. Jumping into Fixing. Trends Organ Crim 18, 212–228 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12117-014-9237-5