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Infamous Non-Drug-Related Scandals
3College basketball point-shaving scandal, late-1940s and early-50s
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After five Brooklyn College players admitted to accepting bribes to ensure a loss to Akron in 1945, point-shaving was initially regarded as an isolated incident. By 1951, it had spread to CCNY, upset winner of the 1950 NCAA title, and to Kentucky, the country's most storied program. By the mid-1950s, the Manhattan D.A. had implicated 32 players from seven schools who had accepted payoffs from gamblers to make sure their teams did not cover the point spread. Investigators discovered 86 games that had been fixed from 1947-50.
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