Betting: The Benefits and Risks to Sport

Betting: The Benefits and Risks to Sport

Fecha: abril 2019

David Forrest, Levi Pérez

Economía del deporte, Deporte, Apuestas deportivas, Integridad

Sports (and) Economics

EN: Online technology has facilitated a huge growth in the scale of sports betting Worldwide and a shift towards betting in-play rather than pre-match. These developments provide benefits and costs to sport. In-play betting is strongly complementary with sports consumption and provides new opportunities for revenue from data sales. At the same time, high liquidity in sports betting markets and enhanced opportunities for match-fixers to make profits in-play raise integrity risk. The paper discusses both the new opportunities for sport from betting and the nature of and reasons for the match-fixing threat and how sports should respond.

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