Were football and basketball games involving the Toledo Rockets fixed? Six former Toledo athletes — three each from the football and basketball programs — along with two Detroit-area businessmen were charged Wednesday with conspiracy to commit sports bribery in an indictment filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit.
RJ Bell of the terrific sports betting new site Pregame.com joined me to discuss the allegations. Bell has researched the betting outcomes of seven football games and 17 basketball games involving the Rockets games during the 2005-07 seasons and has some surprising conclusions.
"Academic studies indicate that over 5% of college basketball teams favored by double digits engage in some form of corrupt game manipulation," Bell said.
Also on Wednesday, legislation was introduced in Washington that would undue a move in the last days of the Republican-controlled Congress in 2006 to ban Internet gambling. The U.S. Treasury could stand to gain $48.6 billion annually by taxing online-gambling companies, according to a study. Bell also gave his thoughts on this piece of legislation.
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