Academic journal article The International Sports Law Journal

Sports Betting: Law and Policy

Academic journal article The International Sports Law Journal

Sports Betting: Law and Policy

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'Sports Betting: Law and Policy' Paul M Anderson Ian S Blackshaw Robert C R Siekmann and Janwillem Soek (Editors) 2012 TMC Asser Press The Hague The Netherlands Hardback Pages 1029 + XV ISBN 978-90-6704-798-2 Price: [euro]210, 95

This Book is another first for the highly successful Asser International Sports Law Series (established and developed by Professor Rob Siekmann, who is also one of the Editors of the Book) and deals with the controversial and important subject of Sports Betting. Indeed, the Asser Press are to be warmly congratulated on publishing this Book.

Betting and sport have been uneasy bedfellows since the dawn of time. Gambling is now a significant global industry, which is worth around 0.6% of world trade - that is, around US$ 384 billion! In fact, certain sports, such as Horseracing, rely on betting in a sporting and also a financial sense for their popularity and survival.

Betting on the outcome of sporting events is a very popular pastime and well-established in the human psyche; but, like any other human activity, sports betting is open to corruption and improper influence from unscrupulous sports persons, bookmakers and others who are out to make a quick buck - improperly and unfairly. Take, for example, the recent 'spot fixing' case in the Fourth Cricket Test Match between England and Pakistan at Lord's, which involved balling no balls at predetermined times during the Match and betting on them, and which resulted in jail terms for those involved! …

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