With actual sports on hiatus, gamblers have turned found new and exciting ways to lose their money. So, when the news broke that NBA players would participate in an “NBA 2K20” tournament for charity, bookmakers jumped at the chance to place odds on the games.
That turned out to be a mistake almost immediately. The tournament’s first game — which featured Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant vs. Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. — has resulted in a gambling controversy after it was discovered the game was pre-taped.
While the game was broadcast on ESPN, it was actually pre-taped. Durant and Jones had played the game earlier, meaning there were some people who could have known the results before the game aired on ESPN.
That caused a big problem for sportsbooks, according to NBC Sports. Cool Media, a company that creates “newsworthy odds and props,” released a statement to NBC Sports saying it “became obvious that someone knew the outcome of the game.” Cool Media noticed there was an issue after Durant — their favorite — wasn’t getting any action.
If the game was pre-taped, it’s conceivable people who bet on the contest knew the outcome before the game aired on ESPN.
Still, it’s hard not to place some of the blame on sportsbooks for offering action on a pre-taped event in the first place. Without sports, sportsbooks need a way to bring in cash during the coronavirus shutdown.
Turns out, putting out odds for “NBA 2K20” games wasn’t the right answer.
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