Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Sporting Corruption

Over the last few years that I've been paying attention, China has taken on corruption in the government and corporate world. There have been a number of public trials, but citizens still see people in positions of power as corrupt (and you thought they were different from Americans).

Today, China Daily reports that the government is now targeting corruption in the domestic soccer leagues. Apparently gambling and match fixing has become a problem.

More interesting than the crackdown on corruption in sports, is that domestic sports leagues have become more popular and profitable since the Beijing Olympics (something that wouldn't happen in a country that already has popular and profitable sports leagues). Seeing this provides an argument for the International Olympic Committee to consider developing countries as hosts for future Olympic Games--this is a surprising long-term benefit that other cities and countries have not experienced.

Unfortunately, the article only mentions soccer. Does anyone know if other sports have become more popular?

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