We think of sports as a refuge from the stress of the everyday. Yet even in sports, the worst of the real world can intervene.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the infamous Black Sox scandal, in which players on the Chicago White Sox, in cahoots with underworld figures, rigged the World Series. To mark the anniversary of perhaps the most famous sports scandal in history, 24/7 Tempo has compiled a list of scandals that have rocked the sports world. We created our list from reports from sources such as ESPN, CNN, and The New York Times.
Scandals have roiled amateur and professional past-times since sports became part of the fabric of American society, with incidents including point shaving, doping, bribery, betting, judges altering votes, sexual indiscretions, physical altercations, sexual assault, and even homicide. These are the worst corruption scandals in each state.
College basketball has been plagued by periodic point-shaving transgressions for about 70 years, and overzealous boosters have made payments to college football players. Doping scandals have tainted track and field and professional bicycling. Olympic competitions were stained by judges taking bribes to alter results. Betting and drug abuse have damaged the reputation of Major League Baseball, while uncontrolled violence has marred professional football and hockey. These are among the most talked about scandals of the decade.