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Top 10 sports gambling scandals as spotlight shines on Shohei Ohtani

Shohei Ohtani gambling scandal
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With the 2024 Major League Baseball season about to begin, instead of headlines about the coming of spring and Opening Day being just around the corner, baseball is again dealing with a sports gambling scandal focused on the game’s best player — Los Angeles Dodgers superstar Shohei Othani.

While the story is still unfolding, illegal gambling and sports have long caused scandals both in the United States and in Europe. Today, we take a look at the top 10 sports gambling scandals of all time.

10. CCNY Point Shaving Scandal (1950-51)

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9. 2004 German Referee Scandal

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8. University of Toledo Betting Scandal (2005-06)

Toledo Blade

7. Boston College Basketball Point Shaving (1978-79)

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6. Italian Soccer Sports Gambling Scandal (2006)

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5. The ‘Good Friday’ English Football Betting Scandal (1915)

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4. 1961 NCAA Men’s Basketball Cheating Scandal

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3. Tim Donaghy NBA Betting Scandal (2007)

NBA Tim Donaghy betting scandal

2. Pete Rose Banned from Baseball for Betting (1989)

Pete Rose gambling scandal
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1. The Black Sox Scandal of 1919

1919 Chicago White Sox scandal
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