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Ronald Noble, RKN Global’s founder, on Corruption’s Finding Opportunity: Sports and Referees

We have previously discussed that corruption abhors a vacuum, and whenever there is an organizational or institutional structure, gaps and opportunities in that structure will be exploited for corrupt purposes if the costs do not outweigh the benefits for the perpetrators.  In the realm of sport, we have examined how tennis, which as a one-on-one

RKN Global on Sports Corruption: Doping

Corruption take as many forms as there are areas of human endeavor; this holds true for corruption in specific areas as well.  Match-fixing is one major area of sports corruption; the other major area, doping, made headlines recently with the revelation that numerous athletes, including many medal winners, were discovered to have cheated through doping

RKN Global on Sports Corruption: More on Why They Do It By Ronald Noble

Sports corruption in general, and match-fixing in particular, is largely driven by money.  Organized crime is, of course, motivated by money—the money they can make and the money they can launder in altering the results of sporting events and gambling correctly on the outcomes they control.  It is less obvious why players, who have devoted

RKN Global on Corruption in Sports, Part 4: The Whys of Corruption

Once we develop an appreciation for the harm that corruption causes in sports or any other field, we naturally want to look for ways to prevent it and stop it from occurring.  In general, as well as in the specific case of sports corruption and match-fixing in particular, it is important to understand why people

Ronald K. Noble on Sports Corruption: The Human Toll of Match-fixing

Corruption in sports is an everyday occurrence.  It can strike every sport at any level, anywhere in the world. Examples of fixed matches, as well as doping scandals, abound. Yet rarely do the disgraced come forward and talk about how their lives were destroyed because they succumbed to corruption.  Several years ago, a Croatian soccer

RKN Global on Corruption in Sports: Match-fixing: How Bad Can It Be?

Match-fixing, the wrongful manipulation of a sporting competition, is an insidious form of corruption that is far from being child’s play.  While there is a growing consensus about the dangers of match-fixing in the sports world and among legal authorities, there are occasionally those who argue otherwise.  Their arguments are wrong and unsupported, and need