There was a lot of betting on who was going to win 'Britain's Got Talent' in June 2011.
In the middle of May 2011, bookmakers Coral had singer Jai McDowall on odds of 25-1.
(Ayrshire singer Jai McDowall odds to win Britain's Got Talent ... - Scottish Daily Record - May 16, 2011)
Jai McDowall "didn’t even make it past boot camp on last year’s X Factor so his talent is questionable, and it would take a big shift from traditional voting patterns for him to win the show." (Britain's Got Talent Tips and Predictions)
Imagine you bet a large sum on Jai.
Bet £40,000 and you could make a million.
You then use various tactics to make sure that Ronan Parke, the 'favourite', loses.
Before the TV contest took place, an anonymous blogger produced a blog entry which attacked Ronan.
Speaking of how the blog could have affected Ronan, TV mogul Simon Cowell said (Ronan Parke row):
"He could have got beaten up .... He could have lost his confidence."
The Football Academy of Saligao, India
In 1915, a soccer match between Liverpool and Manchester United was fixed. (Match Fixing in Football)
Liverpool accepted money to lose the match and they bet on themselves to lose.
They lost 2-0.
In 1965, Peter Swan, Tony Kay and David Layne, all of Sheffield Wednesday and England, were jailed for accepting bribes. (Football stars charged with taking bribes - News - The Independent)
In the 1970s, in Germany, the manipulation of games was revealed when the president of Kickers Offenbach, Horst-Gregorio Canellas, presented an audio-tape to DFB officials and a few journalists.
In that tape several players offered to let themselves be bribed (including German internationals Bernd Patzke and Manfred Manglitz) to help Offenbach avoid relegation. (Bundesliga scandal)
"Liverpool keeper Bruce Grobbelaar was caught on videotape discussing match-fixing with members of a known gambling syndicate.
"Specifically, he was accused of taking £40,000 to ensure that Liverpool lost to Newcastle." (Match Fixing in Football)
In 1995, three top UK soccer players were charged with taking bribes to rig results between 1991 and 1995.
Bruce Grobbelaar, the Southampton and Zimbabwe goalkeeper, John Fashanu, the Aston Villa striker, and Hans Segers, the Wimbledon goalkeeper, were accused of conspiring "to give and corruptly to accept gifts of money as inducements to influence the outcome of football matches".
Two alleged accomplices, a Malaysian businessman, Heng Suan Lim, and Mr Fashanu's wife, Melissa Kassamapsi, were also charged. (Football stars charged with taking bribes - News - The Independent)
In early 2005, in Germany, a 2 million euro match-fixing scandal was discovered. Referee Robert Hoyzer confessed to fixing and betting on matches. (Bundesliga scandal)
Numerous players, coaches and officials were accused of involvement with an organised crime group in the scheme, which came on the eve of Germany playing host to the 2006 World Cup.
In 2005, in Brazil, football match-fixing was denounced by Veja magazine (Brazilian football match-fixing scandal)
In 2008, in Portugal,Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa stood trial for allegedly bribing a referee before a Portuguese Premier League match in 2004. ("Porto chief up on referee bribery charges". )
In May 2010, the head of the English Football Association, Lord Triesman resigned his post.
Triesman was of the opinion that World Cup matches were in danger of being fixed .
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In May 2008, in the UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) Cup competition, Zenit St Petersburg beat Bayern Munich 5-1 on aggregate.
Zenit then beat Rangers in the European final.
It all looked fishy.
Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon reportedly has a taped phone conversation of suspected Russian mafia member Gennady Petrov saying that 50million of a currency, thought to be euros, was paid to Bayern.
Malcolm Glazer, who owns the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is Jewish.
Glazer won control of Manchester United, sparking outrage among fans.
Jewish Tribal Review has an article on Jewish influence in the sports business. (http://www.jewishtribalreview.org/sports.htm)
"All the heads of the 4 major American sports professional organizations are Jewish."
"By the early 1980s Jewish individuals owned or controlled a huge number of professional baseball, basketball, football, hockey and other sports teams."
"Some of these sports moguls have questionable pasts, having been linked (though never convicted of anything) with characters in the criminal underworld."
"Eventually, Jewish gangsters like Meyer Lansky, Dutch Schultz, Waxey Gordon, Bugsy Siegel, Arnold Rothstein, and Lepke Buchalter helped move the criminal underworld into boxing."
"The world of sports betting and gambling has long been largely Jewish as well, influenced in many spheres by the Jewish criminal underworld..."
Ronan Parke, who was expected to win 'Britain's Got Talent'.
Large sums of money were bet on Ronan.
5 June 2011: Google Search for Ronan Parke: About 4,190,000 results
Jai McDowall, who won Britain's Got Talent.
Jai McDowall saved the bookmakers, and made a lot of money for the few who backed him at odds of 14 to 1.
5 June 2011: Google Search for Jai McDowall: About 1,760,000 results.
Ronan is said to have 'star quality'.
Jai saved the bookies, as relatively few people bet money on him.
A bookies' source said (Britain's Got Talent.):
"There appears to have been a last-minute rush on the betting just 10 minutes before the phone lines closed."
These bets were reportedly for Jai.
But, "Gary Burton, of bookmakers Coral, said: 'Jai saved us!
"'Although he was popular he was a long way behind Ronan’s following.'"
Ronan is expected to become very rich.
Jai may not be so lucky.
In the 'Britain's Got Talent' TV programme, on 4 June 2011, the favourite, Ronan Parke, ended up in second place.
So, the bookies are happy?
Was the voting rigged?
Bookmaker Ladbrokes Odds on the Outright Winner were:
Ronan Parke - 4/5
Jai McDowall - 14/1
Jai won the contest.
"Police have abandoned plans to launch an investigation into an online blog that claimed Britain's Got Talent was fixed, amid speculation it was a publicity stunt to boost ratings...
"Martin Troy, the owner of the JustPaste.It website where the article appeared, said he had had no contact from either British or German police over the matter.
"Mr Troy also confirmed that the blog had been posted by somebody in the UK using a connection to the internet from a cable TV provider." (Ronan Parke 'fix' inquiry is dropped by police as it may have been cooked up ... )
Ronan Parke went into the final as favourite to win the competition and the show's £100,000 prize.
"However, he ended up in second place after Scottish singer Jai McDowall, 24, was the shock winner - with just 2.5 per cent more votes than the schoolboy." (Ronan Parke 'fix' inquiry is dropped by police as it may have been cooked up ...)
1. In the USA, the Oprah Winfrey TV show had a poll which many believed was rigged.
Viewers could vote for Zach Anner or Doctor Phyllis, among others.
Anner was clearly in the lead.
But in the span of an hour Doctor Phyllis suddenly took the lead.
The Huffington Post reported an increase of 300,000 votes in 20 minutes.
Reddit reported 600,000 in an hour.
Reportedly 'the source code' for the Phyllis' Vote button differed from that of all the other contestants.
Zach Anner Scandal - Oprah Poll Rigged? Geekosystem
2. In the UK, an online poll was rigged on the TV programme 'Blue Peter'.
Son of Blue Peter boss sacked after vote-rigging scandal found hanged
3. In 2008, a Spanish documentary alleged that the 1968 Eurovision Song Contest was rigged.
Allegedly, Spanish officials offered bribes to various people.
Allegations of vote rigging
4. AMERICAN IDOL IS RIGGED! Weekly World News
"Sources inside the American Idol empire have confirmed – the show is rigged!
"American Idol fans have long suspected something was amiss ever since Ruben Studdard lost, and now, with Pia Toscano being tossed off this year’s show, the cat is out of the bag...
"WWN spoke to insiders at Diebold – the company that provides some of the hardware for the vote counting...
"The executives of the record labels ... run the show behind the scenes, and contracted with Diebold to tabulate the votes as they saw fit.
"Also, AT&T, one of the biggest corporate sponsors of American Idol, repeatedly influences the outcome of the competition by providing free text-messaging services and allowing blocks of votes at parties organized by fans of certain contestants...
"The history of American Idol is littered with voting irregularities.
"An independent audit was done of actual phone logs the nights of the shows.
"In season three, Latoya London had gotten the most calls each week, but Diebold machines declared her a loser in one of the late elimination rounds.
"Based on phone logs however, there is no way that Pia Toscana was not the most popular. Season four also showed wide discrepancies between phone logs and official tallies.
"Carrie Underwood should have been voted off a considerable time before the finals, yet was ultimately declared the winner in spite of Bo Bice lighting up switchboards on a consistent basis."
5. Britain's Got Talent - Riddle as kid rivals get axed
"AT least four child stars of this year's BGT have been mysteriously axed despite getting an enthusiastic 'yes' from all three judges, the News of the World can reveal.
"Out... Arisxandra and Rosalyn Tina Turner lookalike Taylor Fowlis, 12, concert pianist Curtis Elton, six, classical opera singer Rosalyn Bremerkamp, 16, and nine-year-old Arisxandra Libantio - dubbed 'Mini SuBo' - all got standing ovations from the panel.
"Last night a source said: 'It's strange so many good acts have been cut out when so many awful ones got through.'"
THE GROOMING OF RONAN PARKE