European Gaming and Betting Association

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The European Gaming and Betting Association, the European Sports Security Association and the Remote Gambling Association jointly commissioned Coventry University’s International Centre for the Business of Sport to produce a report on their behalf. The Prevalence of Corruption in International Sport: A Statistical Analysis.[1] found that corruption cases in sport were predominantly accounted for by incidences of doping, 96%, and that betting related (and non-betting related) match fixing accounted for 3% and misuse of insider information 1.5% of all corruption in sport.[1]

Investigative journalist and academic Declan Hill described the research as 'Dreadful' and claimed that the data set used was incomplete, there were problems with data collection, survey design and sample bias. Reported corruption had been used to compile the data without considering unreported or undetected cases of corruption.[2] Hill also states that the report should not be described as academic as it was not peer reviewed. Hill concludes his assessment of the report: 'So in my opinion, the Coventry Report does serve a useful purpose. It is so bad, it is so heavily supported by commercial interests outside of academia, that it is a great red-flag warning. If you are a politician or a sports official or a journalist and someone cites the research then you can immediately question their findings' [2]


Members

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Samantha Gorse & Simon Chadwick, The Prevalence of Corruption in International Sport: A Statistical Analysis Coventry University’s International Centre for the Business of Sport, 11th November 2011, accessed 26th April 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 Declan Hill, Dreadful Research and the (Private) European Gambling Industry, Play The Game, 20 December 2011, accessed 26th April 2012
  3. European Gaming and Betting Association, Members accessed 26th April 2012