The system's not broken. It's fixed.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands — A wide-ranging match-fixing investigation has uncovered more than 680 suspicious games — including World Cup and European Championship qualifiers and two Champions League games — and found evidence that a Singapore-based crime gang is closely involved in match-fixing, Europol said Monday.
It was unclear exactly how many of 680 games mentioned were previously known to have been tainted, but the very public announcement shed light on the murky underworld of match-fixers, who bet on fixed games to reap enormous profits around the globe.
The probe uncovered €8 million ($10.9 million) in betting profits and €2 million ($2.7 million) in bribes to players and officials and has already led to several prosecutions.
Those numbers are far lower than many previous estimates [hmm] of the amount of cash involved in match-fixing and betting on rigged matches, but prosecutors said the amounts they named were what they could directly pin down through 13,000 emails, paper trails, phone records and computer records.
The low numbers make me wonder who's being protected.
Biking, soccer.... What next? The banks?