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Match-Fixing: Working Towards an Ethical Framework

Andrew Harvey Orcid Logo

Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, Volume: 42, Issue: 3, Pages: 393 - 407

Swansea University Author: Andrew Harvey Orcid Logo

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How does match-fixing, or other unfair manipulation of matches, that involves under-performance by players, or refereeing and umpiring that prevents fair competition, be thought of in ethical terms? In this article, I outline the different forms that match-fixing can take and seek to comprehend thes...

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Published in: Journal of the Philosophy of Sport
ISSN: 0094-8705 1543-2939
Published: 2015
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa35463
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Abstract: How does match-fixing, or other unfair manipulation of matches, that involves under-performance by players, or refereeing and umpiring that prevents fair competition, be thought of in ethical terms? In this article, I outline the different forms that match-fixing can take and seek to comprehend these disparate scenarios within Kantian, Hegelian and contractualist ethical frameworks. I tentatively suggest that, by developing an ethical opposition to match-fixing in sport, we can give much greater substance to popular phrases such as ‘respect for the game’, encompassing the value of sport itself and respect for other players, fans, sponsors and organisers. Arguing that match-fixing denies recognition to these ‘others’ demonstrates how fundamentally match-fixing ‘hollows out’ sport because a fixed match is of no worth: the whole value of the game has literally been evacuated.
Keywords: match-fixing, respect, contractualism, recognition, cheating, imperative duties
College: Professional Services
Issue: 3
Start Page: 393
End Page: 407