Shohei Ohtani, Jontay Porter and the Problems of Sports Gambling

Transcript of an interview that I did with CBC's Radio Jayme Poisson on the Shohei Ohtani and the coming tide of sports gambling problems. Front Burner Transcript for April 2, 2024 Host: Jayme Poisson Front BurnerOhtani, Porter and sport’s gambling problem23:22 JAYME POISSON: Hi, I'm Jayme Poisson. JAYME POISSON: The LA Dodgers Shohei Ohtani is the biggest star in baseball. In December, Toronto lost its collective mind just over rumours that he was signing with the Blue Jays. SOUNDCLIP FIRST SPEAKER: Jon Rossi tweets out...

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Shohei Ohtani, Illegal Gambling and the Evil World of Translators

How to understand the scandal of Shohei Ohtani, Major League Baseball, organized crime, illegal gambling, New York Mets, 8 Men Out, and the evil world of translators. Of course it was the translator. Translators are, like librarians or cardigan-wearing women who work in charity shops, born and bred notorious criminals. Translators, like their illegal confederates among the book stacks of the local library, are well-known denizens of shady bookmakers and underworld dens....

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“In sport, corruption is normalized…”

An honour and privilege to be interviewed by the superb French journalist Patricia Cerinsek on bribery, corruption and criminality in sports.She asked the fundamental question, "Why are so many athletes corrupting their sports?'Three main reasons:i. They are told to do so by their bosses. Il sistema/the system/cooperativa is alive and well in many sports leagues. To be a 'good professional' is to learn to lose as well as win.ii. They are not paid their salaries. Non-payment of salaries is...

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The Ghost Army: the Inside Story of the ‘Super-Cartel’

It was a silent criminal corporation.It was worth tens of billions of dollars.They killed and tortured their opponents without giving any signals or clues to their existence.They were the Super Cartel.One of the world's largest drug traffickers and virtually no one knew anything about them.Welcome to CrimeWaves. ** It was a war.In the 1980s, Pablo Escobar, the head of the Medellin drug cartel in Colombia, began a military onslaught against the very state of Colombia. It began...

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The Fixers War

It was the greatest case of match-fixing in sports. At the heart of the investigation was one obsessive cop. A man who would stop at nothing to bring down the fixers.  This is his story. The Fixers War This is the transcript of the podcast episode/interview with Michael Bahrs, one of Europe's top undercover cops on the fight against a ferocious match-fixing gang. If you want to listen -...

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The Nightmare: The FightBack

Mike Ware - Innocence Project An interview transcript from www.CrimewavesPodcast.com with the deeply insightful Mike Ware, head of the Texas Innocence Project on the fight for the wrongfully convicted, the fallibility of eye-witnesses, police investigations and jailhouse informants. And how Ware and his group saved an innocent man... Declan Hill: You're in prison. The system has labeled you guilty of murder. They've convicted you. The thing is you are innocent. You didn't kill anyone, yet you are facing the...

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Stupid vs. Criminal: the Iowa Gambling Scandal

The sad failure at the heart of the Iowa/Iowa State Sports Gambling Scandal It is a sports scandal that reveals much about America. The state of Iowa is an icon.  It is an agricultural place at the center of the country that has a far larger influence than its relatively small population. Iowa is the purported home of honest, decent folk who work hard all day in farms, fields and barns. The men are supposed to wear baseball caps and be good...

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The Mystery Final

There are some games that are far larger than just a sporting competition.  There was that game in 1936 in Berlin when the England team were forced to raise their arms in Nazi salutes. There was that game in Belgrade between Red Star and Manchester United on February 6, 1958.  It was to be the last footballing appearance of the Busby Babes. After the match, many of them flew off into the skies of football immortality in a crash at Munich...

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The Mafia Capo, How to Catch a Killer & Red-Flagging the Leagues

MAFIO CAPO PRESENTATION    "And a lot of these basketball players would go to the same clubs...and we got our eye on one or two of the guys. And I'd say, "Listen, you are a smart guy. I'm your good friend. Let me tell you how you are going to make some money."  Michael Franzese, the former Mafia Capo for the Colombo Crime Family, is the keynote speaker for the second annual Sports Integrity presentation at the University of...

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