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Resource ID: #27703
Subject: Sports
Source: BuzzFeed News
Date: 2016-01-17



After a year of work, UK investigations editor Heidi Blake and investigative data journalist John Templon released BuzzFeed News' first truly transatlantic investigation in partnership with the BBC about evidence of widespread match-fixing and the tennis authorities who have largely ignored it. Over the course of 15 months, BuzzFeed News analyzed the betting odds and outcomes of 26,000 matches spanning seven years, and found something that had previously been hidden: A small group of players were losing matches seemingly on cue. Shocking as those findings were, they were just the beginning of BuzzFeed News's investigation. BuzzFeed News learned that world tennis authorities had commissioned their own inquiry into match-fixing back in 2008. BuzzFeed News also learned what became of these findings: nothing. The leaders of the sport made a deliberate decision to shelve the evidence and abandon any further inquiries into it. Since then, betting houses and foreign police forces have repeatedly sounded alarms. But the suspicious players continue to play. And the savvy gamblers — who always seem to know exactly when a match will turn — continue to cash in.

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