By: Brendan Bieder, `14
For the global community, soccer is a game that reaches all aspects of society. In America however, this is not the case. In fact, there is a notion held by many that soccer is un-American, but the sport is rapidly growing in popularity across the nation. Soccer’s effects off the field are what make it have greater importance than most sports. This is why the integrity of the game must be salvaged. What makes soccer so important to the world is its strong connection to society and match fixing can ruin that.
This project will look into why and how match fixing has infiltrated the world’s most popular sport. Match fixing has plagued soccer for decades and recently has surfaced in the most popular competitions in Europe. This problem has stemmed from a massive gambling market in Asia, specifically Malaysia and Singapore. By targeting poorly treated players and corrupt referees, tens of millions of dollars have been made through illegal match fixing. Match fixing begs a question about humanity beyond soccer; why do economic incentives triumph over people’s morals? Through examples of match fixing in multiple sports, this paper will explore how money has become more important than integrity. However, this problem is not something that will threaten Major League Soccer, The United States’ professional league. The MLS has taken measures to protect its players from match fixing. Through reading journal articles and news articles, the research conducted shows that match fixing will positively impact the United States, but is destroying the sport globally.