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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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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The Return to the Dangerous Normal

During Joe Biden’s Presidential Inauguration, we saw him join three former presidents - George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, to stand in front of the grave of the unknown soldier in the Arlington National Ceremony. It was a sombre break from the near-Hollywood blitz of the rest of the celebrations that featured stars like Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Jennifer Lopez. The message of much of the day was that America had just got through a four-year...

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The NBA Gamble

If you are a sports fan, you are probably slightly obsessed with the Tim Donaghy case. Donaghy was one of the highest ranked referees in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was also a gambling addict. For four years, he worked with illegal gamblers and bookmakers betting on his own games. The betting industry either never caught him or the few that did notice the strange odds movements, like the Gambino-connected bookmakers in New York, bet on his games for their...

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Five Predictions for the U.S. Election

It is going to be a great night for American democracy. It is a humbling time to be in this country. Not for a hundred years have such a large percentage of people voted. They have voted in a time of a mass pandemic. They have voted when their society is under immense strain. They are voting when all their media and most of their journalists are telling them nose-stretching lies about the candidates. So in the midst of all...

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