Playing to Lose

Source: The White House

“I heard he got paid to hold her back,” said a veteran industry insider, who repeated what he was hearing from associates after a close loss in the final race for a horse-racing favorite.

A recent article in The Economist reports on sports influenced by corruption.

It used to be endemic in baseball in particular.  Henry Chadwick, a writer known as the “father of baseball statistics”, declared in 1870 that “we claim to rank among our enemies…every professional gambler who aims to make rival clubs his tools.”  The sport’s most infamous match-fixing scandal happened in 1919, when eight members of the Chicago white Sox were accused of taking bribes to throw the World Series.  Heavily favored, the “Black Sox” lost to the Cincinnati Reds.

Barack Obama encourages corruption on the official White House website, with partial opinions about his desire for competitive outcomes.  “Statistical analysis of college basketball also shows highly unlikely patterns of scoring,” says The Economist.

In lieu of spending to prosecute athletes suspected of cheating to win, as reported by The Wall Street Journal, about Obama’s Justice Department joining in an investigation of cycling legend Lance Armstrong, who could serve Americans by warning about the dangers of illegal substances while promoting a winning lifestyle, an American president would be more likely to effect safety and happiness by executing the law in a manner that discourages intentional losers with temptation.

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