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Point Shaving I think that its a tragedy to see that many collegiate athletes are involved in gambling situations Its hard on the athletes too because theyre not getting paid to play the game so its hard to resist thousands of dollars to only win by a few in cases on point shaving When I was watching that movie Blue Chips which is all about illegal college betting and buying athletes to come to their school there was a scene involving the coach and the point guard regarding a point shaving incident three years ago After the student was harassed by the coach he finally confessed saying We won the game we just didnt beat the spread Thats only for those gamblers anyway He has a point with what he said but thats not the point A lot of young athletes do see point shaving as partaking in an illegal and unlawful event or dont believe that much in it morally So people say that if the college players were getting paid none of this would happen I dont know if giving the players a stipend is going end this because unless youre paying the athletes thousands of dollars a week or a game the stipend wont be more than what theyre being offered I do think that it might help but Im not sure if that help is going to make a big enough difference On the same note if you eliminate spreads can they be sure that it will make a difference when it comes to gambling Dont get me wrong eliminating the spreads would decrease the amounts of point shaving incidents but it wont necessarily stop them Bookies can make up their own spreads and ask players to shave points regardless of the fact that the spread is not publicized The bookie has an idea by about how much one team may beat another I understand that they will probably never
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