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    Thursday, October 14, 2010

    No Holds Barred: Declan Hill on Proposal for International Anti-Corruption Agency for Sports 


    On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with investigative journalist, documentary maker, and academic Declan Hill.

    He is the author of the best-selling book "The Fix: Soccer and Organized Crime". He also spoke at the recent meeting of the European ministers of sport in Baku, Azerbaijan, about the need for an international agency to fight corruption in sport, similar to what the World Anti-Doping Agency does regarding doping. The European ministers of sport unanimously passed a resolution asking the Council of Europe to help set up such an international agency, and now plans are in the works to carry this out.

    In a ground-breaking discussion, we spoke Thursday afternoon with Declan Hill about corruption in sports and what to do about it. He explained how this corruption in sports is largely the result of the influence of illegal gambling operations, and how legalized and regulated sports gambling would help greatly reduce it, along with ending the exploitation of underpaid athletes. We discussed how such an agency could affect the poorly regulated or even unregulated combat sports, which usually have no central leagues like most other sports do. He also explained that while establishing such an agency will be a lengthy process, it is imperative that it be done, even for sports where illegal gambling is not yet considered to have had a major corrupting influence.

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