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The Resource Cheating the spread : gamblers, point shavers, and game fixers in college football and basketball, Albert J. Figone

Cheating the spread : gamblers, point shavers, and game fixers in college football and basketball, Albert J. Figone

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Cheating the spread : gamblers, point shavers, and game fixers in college football and basketball
Title
Cheating the spread
Title remainder
gamblers, point shavers, and game fixers in college football and basketball
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Albert J. Figone
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "Delving into the history of gambling and corruption in intercollegiate sports, Cheating the Spread recounts all of the major gambling scandals in college football and basketball. Digging through court records, newspapers, government documents, and university archives and conducting private interviews, Albert J. Figone finds that game rigging has been pervasive and nationwide throughout most of the sports' history. The insidious practice has spread to implicate not only bookies and unscrupulous gamblers but also college administrators, athletic organizers, coaches, fellow students, and the athletes themselves. Naming the players, coaches, gamblers, and go-betweens involved, Figone discusses numerous college basketball and football games reported to have been fixed and describes the various methods used to gain unfair advantage, inside information, or undue profit. His survey of college football includes early years of gambling on games between established schools such as Yale, Princeton, and Harvard; Notre Dame's All-American halfback and skilled gambler George Gipp; and the 1962 allegations of insider information between Alabama coach Paul "Bear" Bryant and former Georgia coach James Wallace "Wally" Butts; and many other recent incidents. Notable events in basketball include the 1951 scandal involving City College of New York and six other schools throughout the East Coast and the Midwest; the 1961 point-shaving incident that put a permanent end to the Dixie Classic tournament; the 1978 scheme in which underworld figures recruited and bribed several Boston College players to ensure a favorable point spread; the 1994-95 Northwestern scandal in which players bet against their own team; and other recent examples of compromised gameplay and gambling"--
  • "Delving into the history of gambling and corruption in intercollegiate sports, Cheating the Spread recounts all of the major gambling scandals in college football and basketball. Digging through court records, newspapers, government documents, and university archives and conducting private interviews, Albert J. Figone finds that game rigging has been pervasive and nationwide throughout most of the sports' history. Naming the players, coaches, gamblers, and go-betweens involved, Figone discusses numerous college basketball and football games reported to have been fixed and describes the various methods used to gain unfair advantage, inside information, or undue profit. His survey of college football includes early years of gambling on games between established schools such as Yale, Princeton, and Harvard; Notre Dame's All-American halfback and skilled gambler George Gipp; and the 1962 allegations of insider information between Alabama coach Paul "Bear" Bryant and former Georgia coach James Wallace "Wally" Butts; and many other recent incidents. Notable events in basketball include the 1951 scandal involving City College of New York and six other schools throughout the East Coast and the Midwest; the 1961 point-shaving incident that put a permanent end to the Dixie Classic tournament; the 1994-95 Northwestern scandal in which players bet against their own team; and other recent examples of compromised game play and gambling"--
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Figone, Al
Dewey number
796.04/3
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Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Language note
English
LC call number
GV717
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Sport and society
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  • Sports betting
  • Football
  • Basketball
  • College sports
  • SPORTS & RECREATION / History
  • GAMES / Gambling / Sports
  • EDUCATION / Higher
  • Basketball
  • College sports
  • Football
  • Sports betting
  • United States
Label
Cheating the spread : gamblers, point shavers, and game fixers in college football and basketball, Albert J. Figone
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 171-185) and index
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online resource
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  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Cover -- Title Page -- Copyright -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- 1. Creating a Game for Gamblers: The Rise of College Basketball -- 2. The Golden Age of Gambling: College Basketball in the Postwar Years -- 3. Stinking It Up: The 1951 College Basketball Gambling Scandal -- 4. Do No Evil, See No Evil, and Hear No Evil: Coaching and Presiding over College Basketball -- 5. “Do You Have Anything for Me?â€?: Gambling Scandals in College Football from the Big Three to Bear Bryant
  • 6. College Basketballâ€?s Incurable Disease: The 1961 Basketball Scandal7. Winning in Smaller Ways: The 1978 Boston College Scandal -- 8. Student-Athletes and Campus Bookies: Basketball Scandals of the 1980s and 1990s -- 9. A Continuing Nightmare: Gambling and Fixing in College Football, 1990â€?2010 -- Afterword: When the Cost of Winning at All Costs Is Too High -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Control code
1176314894
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781283868310
Lccn
2019718700
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
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  • 22573/ctt2mxdv2
  • ea0db397-da8e-463f-821a-56018def0aa8
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1176314894
Label
Cheating the spread : gamblers, point shavers, and game fixers in college football and basketball, Albert J. Figone
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 171-185) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Cover -- Title Page -- Copyright -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- 1. Creating a Game for Gamblers: The Rise of College Basketball -- 2. The Golden Age of Gambling: College Basketball in the Postwar Years -- 3. Stinking It Up: The 1951 College Basketball Gambling Scandal -- 4. Do No Evil, See No Evil, and Hear No Evil: Coaching and Presiding over College Basketball -- 5. “Do You Have Anything for Me?â€?: Gambling Scandals in College Football from the Big Three to Bear Bryant
  • 6. College Basketballâ€?s Incurable Disease: The 1961 Basketball Scandal7. Winning in Smaller Ways: The 1978 Boston College Scandal -- 8. Student-Athletes and Campus Bookies: Basketball Scandals of the 1980s and 1990s -- 9. A Continuing Nightmare: Gambling and Fixing in College Football, 1990â€?2010 -- Afterword: When the Cost of Winning at All Costs Is Too High -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Control code
1176314894
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781283868310
Lccn
2019718700
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 22573/ctt2mxdv2
  • ea0db397-da8e-463f-821a-56018def0aa8
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1176314894

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