Match Fixing = Greed

Neither gambling in sports nor human nature is anything new. The Oxford Dictionary defines greed as an intense and selfish desire for something, especially wealth, power or food.  Greed is one of the seven deadly sins and often leads to one’s downfall. It is not so much the monetary gains for some people as much as it is the thrill of getting away with something that hooks them. The high experienced from doing something wrong excites many people, and is perhaps one of the reasons why gambling is so addictive.  However, as in any addiction, the stakes need to be constantly raised to feel the same rush.  Although you may think that you have gotten away with something, the truth has a funny way of finding the spotlight. When players tarnish the pure drama of competitive struggle by participating in match fixing, they take away from the sport for everyone.  With this recent discouraging news, I will now wonder if players are passionately competing or just faking it for money. Your selfish desire for instant gratification has destroyed everything you worked so hard to accomplish and in the end was not worth the price paid, because you have lost the respect of your peers and fans.

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