Procedural justice and the compliance of betting-motivated corruption policies in two Australian sports

Reynald Lastra1
1Griffith Criminology Institute, Mt Gravatt, Australia

In 2015, Reynald received First Class Honours for his dissertation, examining the “Impact of sports betting on the integrity of Australian sport”. In 2016 he commenced his PhD candidature and continued exploring the prevention and management of betting-motivated corruption in Australian sport.

Increasingly, with the rapid growth of online betting, betting-motivated corruption (i.e. match-fixing and the misuse of inside information) is a key issue for sport governing bodies. Suspected cases of betting-motivated corruption have affected a wide range of sports worldwide, prompting sport governing bodies to take proactive steps towards its prevention. A key policy adopted at both the national and international levels across a range of sports is the requirement to report any suspected breaches of these policies. However, we have a limited understanding of the factors that promote the willingness of athletes and support staff to report suspected breaches. The current study explores the perceptions of procedural justice (PJ) among athletes and support staff. The concept of PJ—widely researched in the policing field—suggests that if people perceive an authority (e.g. police) to demonstrate trust, respect, neutrality and voice, then they are more likely to comply. Using survey data from athletes and support staff in two Australian sports, this study examines whether their perceptions of the PJ of their sport governing body’s actions is related to their reported willingness to comply with betting-motivated corruption policies. The results have implications for sport governing bodies looking to enhance their current prevention strategies. Furthermore, the study provides a different perspective towards achieving compliance of betting-motivated corruption policies, providing a platform for future research to explore procedural justice within the sporting context.

Reynald Lastra is a doctoral candidate in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University and a post-graduate research scholar with the Queensland Academy of Sport’s Sport Performance Innovation and Knowledge Excellence unit.



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