Sports are a lot of things to a lot of people.
To fans, sports are a passion—an opportunity for bonding with family and friends. They are a link that binds past and present, and a most welcome distraction from the harsh realities of life.
To owners and athletes, however, sports is a business. While some part of their involvement may be rooted in a love of the game, fundamentally every decision made and action taken comes down to money.
Not that there’s anything wrong with making money—we all want to do it. Problems arise when an individual person or entity’s desire to turn a profit supersedes doing what’s right.
There are billions upon billions to be made in sports—more than enough to go around for all the major stakeholders. Which is why there’s no reason to get greedy and abandon one’s moral compass.
When cash is king, nothing is off the table.
Here are a few of the biggest scams in sports.