Sorry I’m not letting sports off the hook just yet. Here’s an interesting BBC feature report that sort of got me thinking: is gambling really such an endemic part of human nature? Every time there is a big sporting event, you can be sure a gambling market will quickly bubble under all the hype–big money speculation seems to follow spectacle wherever it goes.
Interestingly, the article reacts to the regular post world cup gambling raids by pointing out how one should
…not take them too seriously. It is not that individual policemen are necessarily corrupt, but it does mean that, overall, an elaborate game is being played out for everyone’s benefit.
Such raids almost seem ritualistic but it is hard to really deny that many parties do benefit. The policemen get a chance to ‘do something’ while punters and bookies still walk away with a little fine here or puny jail term there–a small price to pay for the millions that circulate from the betting.
Do you think gambling is built into our very DNA?
Why do you think humans love to gamble (and yet love to nobly claim that it is a vice as well)?
What is it about sports that lends it so easily to the gambling industry?