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18th Apr '18 8:58:11 PM PaulA
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* Interestingly the possible UrExample is an inversion: in Dashiell Hammett's ''Red Harvest'' the boxer is perfectly willing to take the dive until the Continental Op blackmails him into winning with some unsavory facts from his past.

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* Interestingly the possible UrExample is an inversion: in Dashiell Hammett's ''Red Harvest'' ''Literature/RedHarvest'' the boxer is perfectly willing to take the dive until the Continental Op blackmails him into winning with some unsavory facts from his past.


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* In ''Literature/SardHarker'', Harker's first encounter with the villains is at a boxing match which they've fixed.
15th Apr '18 5:43:25 PM MikeW
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* In ''Amazing Spider-Man #253", Ray Nesters is the star quarterback of an NFL team who is secretly taking payoffs to throw some games. He foolishly believes that this will end when he loses the final regular season game only to be informed that mob boss the Rose wants him to throw the playoffs as well. When he naturally refuses, the Rose has Ray's younger brother Tony kidnapped. When Ray goes on a rescue, Tony is [[BrokenPedestal heartbroken to realize the Rose has been telling the truth]] on his brother's actions. While ComicBook/SpiderMan is able to rescue them both, Ray knows the only way to get out from under the Rose's thumb is to confess the truth and accept his ruined career.
11th Apr '18 10:34:15 AM MikeW
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* A key point of the 1994 film ''Blue Chips'' is college basketball coach Pete Bell ignoring stories of how boosters have been bribing his players. One booster mocks Bell on being so naive and boasts he "bought" one of his players three years earlier. Bell doesn't believe it as the student, Tony, is one of his favorites. He gets out a video tape of the game, watching it with some fellow coaches. They also don't believe it, citing things like Tony being ill that week and such. But as they watch the game, they see Tony missing plays he should easily be making and constantly checking the scoreboard and realize he did indeed shave points to help gamblers beat the spread.
11th Apr '18 12:02:10 AM MikeW
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* Mentioned on an episode of ''Series/ColdCase'' as they investigate the murder of a high school player who had just won the state championship and was gunned down hours later. They watch video of him in the game, checking the scoreboard and when the team wins, everyone is celebrating but he looks crestfallen. The team speculates that he may have agreed to throw the game but at the last minute, couldn't do it and it got him killed.
6th Apr '18 12:12:00 PM TendouMan
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* In ''Anime/MegaloBox'', the protagonist Junk Dog is caught in such a setup at the start of the story, forced to take a dive at the very last minute. That's despite the fact he's skilled enough to knock out his foes in the first round.
18th Mar '18 7:00:58 PM Loekman3
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** Another case and even more controversial case of such incident occur when two members from Arrow Gaming, Kok Yi "ddz" Liong & Fua Hsien "Lance" Wan, betted really expensive items (Arcanas, Whaleclaw Hook, Golden Immortals, you name it) against their own team in their match against CSW, where again it's match that Arrow Gaming is heavily favored to win in that has no bearings on their standings. Come the match and the team but particularly these two, made really questionable plays such as intentionally pursuing against five heroes, and even teleporting right in front of them to feed even more

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** Another case and even more controversial case of such incident occur when two members from Arrow Gaming, Kok Yi "ddz" Liong & Fua Hsien "Lance" Wan, betted really expensive items (Arcanas, Whaleclaw Hook, Golden Immortals, you name it) against their own team in their match against CSW, where again it's match that Arrow Gaming is heavily favored to win in that has no bearings on their standings. Come the match and the team but particularly these two, made really questionable plays such as intentionally pursuing against five heroes, and even teleporting right in front of them to feed even moremore. Once the match is over and Arrow Gaming lost, controversies arose when organizers discovered their betting scandals and the [[ImplausibleDeniability team repeatedly tries to deny this and claim that it's all a fluke despite evidence showing otherwise]], even arranging a fake chat and pin the blame towards other people. Eventually Arrow Gaming has no choice but to apologize and yield as the team got permanently banned from any Valve-sanction tournaments with the team getting disbanded shortly after. Note that they did this ''after'' Valve has issued the "Life-time ban" rule for match fixing so why are they willing to do this is a mystery known to ages.
18th Mar '18 6:56:45 PM Loekman3
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** One of the first cases of this occurrence came about when someone named Alexei "Solo" Berezin betted 100$ ''against'' his own Rox.Kis team during a match against Z Rage in which his team is heavily favored to win [[note]]Regardless of who won the game, the results would not matter. It's the last game of the series after all[[/note]]. Come by the match and the Solo's team for some reason made really questionable plays as if they are deliberately dicking around in the game to let the other team win and surely enough, they do. Then the betting site send a report that Solo of this match-fixing scandal and as a result of this controversy, Solo got a lifetime ban from Starladder, a three year ban for his team, and a year ban for the organization. Later after he apologized for the whole incident, his ban is reduced to one year and is eventually removed from his team. Compared to the other match-fixers, he really got of rather light since this is the first known case of match-fixing in ''Dota 2'', unfortunately others are not so lucky...
** Another case and even more controversial case of such incident occur when two members from Arrow Gaming, Kok Yi "ddz" Liong & Fua Hsien "Lance" Wan, betted really expensive items (Arcanas, Whaleclaw Hook, Golden Immortals, you name it) against their own team in their match against CSW, where again it's match that Arrow Gaming is heavily favored to win in that has no bearings on their standings. Come the match and the team but particularly these two, made really questionable plays such as intentionally pursuing against five heroes, and even teleporting right in front of them to feed even more
10th Mar '18 12:36:43 PM nombretomado
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* [[AvertedTrope Averted]] by the Oakland Raiders in the penultimate week of the 1976 season. It starts with the PittsburghSteelers. After beating the Raiders in three playoff games in three seasons, in '76 they needed a MiracleRally in the second half of the season - ''plus a loss by the division rival Cincinnati Bengals'' - to even ''make'' the postseason. The Bengals were playing the Raiders that night, and it was believed by the media that Oakland '''would''' throw the game in order to avoid meeting the Steelers in the playoffs again. Instead, they gave it all their effort and beat the Bengals 35-20. The Raiders capped the awesomeness by ''finally'' beating the Steelers in the AFC Championship, and then [[CurbStompBattle utterly demolishing]] [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut the Minnesota Vikings]] in SuperBowl XI to capture the Raiders' first championship.

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* [[AvertedTrope Averted]] by the Oakland Raiders in the penultimate week of the 1976 season. It starts with the PittsburghSteelers. After beating the Raiders in three playoff games in three seasons, in '76 they needed a MiracleRally in the second half of the season - ''plus a loss by the division rival Cincinnati Bengals'' - to even ''make'' the postseason. The Bengals were playing the Raiders that night, and it was believed by the media that Oakland '''would''' throw the game in order to avoid meeting the Steelers in the playoffs again. Instead, they gave it all their effort and beat the Bengals 35-20. The Raiders capped the awesomeness by ''finally'' beating the Steelers in the AFC Championship, and then [[CurbStompBattle utterly demolishing]] [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut the Minnesota Vikings]] in SuperBowl UsefulNotes/SuperBowl XI to capture the Raiders' first championship.
20th Feb '18 7:21:12 PM MagiMecha
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** Years later, an entire Let's Play was devoted to this in ''Let's Play - GTA V - Lindsay Wins'' when the Achievement Hunters purposely let Lindsay Jones, who had a ''very poor'' track record in GTA V races, when a few races so she can have a few. [[{{Troll}} She proceeds to make their lives a living hell]].
6th Feb '18 8:13:10 AM Someoneman
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* Recently, there was a scandal in the ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' leagues where a number of players, including the previously dominant Savior, were found to have deliberately lost matches for money.

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was a scandal in the ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' leagues where a number of players, including the previously dominant Savior, were found to have deliberately lost matches for money.



* This became an issue in professional "VideoGame/Dota2" play in some regions, so much so that "Creator/ValveSoftware" began issuing '''life-time bans''' from competitive play for anyone discovered engaging in match fixing.

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* This became an issue in professional "VideoGame/Dota2" ''VideoGame/Dota2'' play in some regions, so much so that "Creator/ValveSoftware" began issuing '''life-time bans''' from competitive play for anyone discovered engaging in match fixing.
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