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9 Biggest Sports Gambling Scandals

Pete Rose

Pete Rose

With more hits than any other player in professional baseball, fans worshipped Pete Rose until they learned about his gambling problems.

Pete Rose

Pete Rose

While Rose denies betting against his team, many associated with the scandal believe he did. At any rate, he will likely never make it into the Baseball Hall of Fame because of his lifetime ban from the game.

Referee Tim Donaghy

Referee Tim Donaghy

Referees work to ensure players follow the rules, which is why the Tim Donaghy scandal rocked the sports world. While Donaghy made others follow the rules, he did not follow them himself.

Referee Tim Donaghy

Referee Tim Donaghy

The NBA referee recommended teams for gamblers to bet on and when those teams won, he received money. He also received jail time for his misdeeds.

Art Schlichter

Art Schlichter

A former first-round NFL draft pick in 1982, Art Schlichter had a promising career with the Baltimore Colts ahead of him, but then he threw it all away.

Art Schlichter

Art Schlichter

It only took a year for him to get caught betting on NFL games. He never showed the same promise after the suspension and continued to get in trouble for gambling.

Damien Oliver

Damien Oliver

Jockey Damien Oliver placed a $10,000 bet on a horse that he was riding against in 2010. Victorian racing stewards suspended him for ten months in 2012 for the incident.

Damien Oliver

Damien Oliver

The scandal tarnished his name but it did not keep him from racing again. While he may have regained his ability to race, he did not regain his reputation.

The Black Sox

The Black Sox

The Black Sox Scandal occurred during the 1919 World Series. The commission accused eight players of throwing the series in exchange for money. While the courts did not find them guilty, Major League Baseball banned them for life. Shoeless Joe Jackson was the most notable of the eight banned players.

Babe Pratt

Babe Pratt

The NHL's Babe Pratt tried his hand at gambling and got busted in 1946 while playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs. He bet on games that did not involve his team so he managed to get a relatively light sentence. Pratt had to sit nine games out and promise to stop gambling. Then he was back on the ice.

Tulane Point Shaving Scandal

Tulane Point Shaving Scandal

In 1985, investigators accused Tulane University's basketball players of point shaving in exchange for money and cocaine. Tulane's President suspended the program until 1989.

Tulane Point Shaving Scandal

Tulane Point Shaving Scandal

That did not hurt John "Hot Rod" Williams, the most prominent of the accused players. He went on to enjoy a 13-year career in the NBA.

Ty Cobb and Tris Speaker

Ty Cobb and Tris Speaker

When player-managers Ty Cobb and Tris Speaker resigned at the end of the 1926 season, baseball fans were shocked.

Ty Cobb and Tris Speaker

Ty Cobb and Tris Speaker

The resignation was a result of an allegation made by Hubert (Dutch) Leonard that he, Cobb, Speaker, and Smokey Joe Wood and fixed a game and gambled on it. While letters pointed to the men's guilt, their lawyers managed to clear them in court.

Hal Chase

Hal Chase

Accusations of gambling followed major leaguer Hal Chase throughout his career. The first accusation came in 1910. In 1918, people associated with the game accused him of paying a pitcher to throw a game. Managers and owners would not let him play on their teams. This led to an unofficial blackball against Chase.

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