There is no concrete evidence that shows how much this type of behavior is played out but most sports psychologists agree that many go unnoticed. This type of behavior is of course very unethical. The athlete lets his teammates, his university and his fans down, not to mention the people who legally bet on the game in gambling casinos.
There have been numerous college athletes who have been suspended for gambling on sporting events. Most Americans tend to agree with this form of punishment. As a sports fan, I do agree as well but to a point.
If a basketball player from Green U wants to bet on his team to win and cover the spread, I do not see the harm in that. Is this a positive thing? No it is not but as a US citizen this athlete should be given the choice. It's brings a more competitive fire to the courts if cash is riding on the outcome.
This basketball player should also have the right to bet on any other sporting event at their university, or for that matter any other university's event, for or against. If this player on the basketball team knows a football player at the university and attempts to set up a point shaving scenario and is caught, treat it for what it really is, insider trading. Give a few college athletes three to five years of jail time and we would see this cleared up pretty quick.
Basketball is the sport most commonly sought to point shave by bookmakers. It is the sport where one player can more influence the outcome of a game, win or lose and by how much. Basketball has five starting players whereas football has 22.
My feelings on athletes betting are similar to Pete Rose's situation. There is a much-publicized rumor that MLB commissioner Bud "Bad Comb Over" Selig is going to reinstate Rose and give him the chance to be inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame. As a huge Rose fan while growing up in the 1970's and 80's I am very optimistic this will occur. Well, almost.
If Rose bet on other baseball teams or even his own team (only to win), while he was managing the Cincinnati Reds, he should be reinstated. But if he bet on his team to lose while managing, I hope he is never reinstated. Yes Rose was my hero growing up but as we all know once we get older, hero worship dies quickly.
The NCAA forbids any type of gambling among athletes and in a way I see their point. They believe that my theory would not work adequately because a college would have such a hard time policing itself. And if you cannot stop but half the problem, just stop it entirely.