Saturday, 4 June 2011

Was FIFA inspired by WWE Wrestling?

After writing my last post on Dictatorships & Sports: FIFA & F1, I got to thinking if there can indeed ever be a clean sport if the administrators who run them seem to be corrupt.
Sepp Blatter preaching Fair Play. Who is he kidding?
We've seen or heard stories of matches being fixed or results being pre-determined by bookies in sports like cricket, tennis and football for years now.  There have been all sorts of enquiries made into these allegations over the years and occasionally you find a player or two suspended but that's about it.
Did Vince McMahon and the WWE set the trend for how
sports should be run?

With corruption at the top level of these sports becoming increasingly more evident, you have to wonder how much of this roots down from them to the playing field.  Could they be encouraging this?  If the people who conduct the enquiries into match-fixing are also the same people appointed by the same set of corrupt administrators, is there really any true independent enquiry into match-fixing?

I don't know about you, but I've gotten more disillusioned with sports in general in the last couple of years.  Don't get me wrong, I still enjoy my sports but somehow at the end of the day you have to wonder if it was entertainment or sports. WWE Wrestling may have set the precedent for the rest of the sporting world to turn around and say it's OK to fix the results and call it "entertainment" instead of "sport."