When scandals break out like the NBA's Tim Donaghy saga or the Premier League's latest match-fixing fiasco, it's easy to just point at the refs, officials, or players and blame it solely on them. As long as the human element persists in sports, the potential for these issues will always exist. However, let's not forget the role that fans play in this as well, helping to feed money into a gambling complex that has been chugging along for decades.
In the state of Nevada, $3.45 billion was wagered on sports last year alone. You don't think that the refs—who are making paltry sums compared to the players they officiate every night—aren't trying to get in on that action somehow? Once our obsession with gambling ends, then so will these scandals.