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The grey zone between tactics and manipulation : the normalization of match-fixing in road cycling

Stef Van Der Hoeven (UGent) , Bram Constandt (UGent) , Cleo Schyvinck (UGent) , Wim Lagae (UGent) and Annick Willem (UGent)
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Match-fixing has already been studied in various sport disciplines. However, despite some well-known incidents in road cycling, match-fixing has barely been investigated in this unique sport discipline. Drawing on Ashforth and Anand’s theoretical model of normalization of corruption in organizations and on the perceptions of 15 active Belgian road cyclists, this study examines road cyclists’ attitudes towards collaboration and match-fixing in their sport. As the culture of agreements can be seen as part and parcel of road cycling itself, this study also examines whether agreements between cyclists are embedded, perpetuated, and thus normalized in road cycling. Using semi-structured interviews, this qualitative study indicates that road cyclists have a different understanding of match-fixing. By demonstrating that (a) cooperation between competitors happens routinely, (b) cyclists use self-serving explanations to justify these collaborations, and (c) newcomers are induced to engage in and accept collaborations with their competitors, we also indicate how normalized behaviors contribute to a grey zone that can be labelled as match-fixing. To enhance the future credibility of road cycling towards both fans and sponsors, additional clarifying and awareness-raising policy measures should be implemented.
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match-fixing, road cycling, normalization, sport manipulation, tactics, CORRUPTION, MANAGEMENT, FIRMS, SPORT

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Van Der Hoeven, Stef, et al. “The Grey Zone between Tactics and Manipulation : The Normalization of Match-Fixing in Road Cycling.” INTERNATIONAL REVIEW FOR THE SOCIOLOGY OF SPORT, 2022, doi:10.1177/10126902211038414.
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Van Der Hoeven, S., Constandt, B., Schyvinck, C., Lagae, W., & Willem, A. (2022). The grey zone between tactics and manipulation : the normalization of match-fixing in road cycling. INTERNATIONAL REVIEW FOR THE SOCIOLOGY OF SPORT. https://doi.org/10.1177/10126902211038414
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Van Der Hoeven, Stef, Bram Constandt, Cleo Schyvinck, Wim Lagae, and Annick Willem. 2022. “The Grey Zone between Tactics and Manipulation : The Normalization of Match-Fixing in Road Cycling.” INTERNATIONAL REVIEW FOR THE SOCIOLOGY OF SPORT. https://doi.org/10.1177/10126902211038414.
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Van Der Hoeven, Stef, Bram Constandt, Cleo Schyvinck, Wim Lagae, and Annick Willem. 2022. “The Grey Zone between Tactics and Manipulation : The Normalization of Match-Fixing in Road Cycling.” INTERNATIONAL REVIEW FOR THE SOCIOLOGY OF SPORT. doi:10.1177/10126902211038414.
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Van Der Hoeven S, Constandt B, Schyvinck C, Lagae W, Willem A. The grey zone between tactics and manipulation : the normalization of match-fixing in road cycling. INTERNATIONAL REVIEW FOR THE SOCIOLOGY OF SPORT. 2022;
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S. Van Der Hoeven, B. Constandt, C. Schyvinck, W. Lagae, and A. Willem, “The grey zone between tactics and manipulation : the normalization of match-fixing in road cycling,” INTERNATIONAL REVIEW FOR THE SOCIOLOGY OF SPORT, 2022.
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  abstract     = {{Match-fixing has already been studied in various sport disciplines. However, despite some well-known incidents in road cycling, match-fixing has barely been investigated in this unique sport discipline. Drawing on Ashforth and Anand’s theoretical model of normalization of corruption in organizations and on the perceptions of 15 active Belgian road cyclists, this study examines road cyclists’ attitudes towards collaboration and match-fixing in their sport. As the culture of agreements can be seen as part and parcel of road cycling itself, this study also examines whether agreements between cyclists are embedded, perpetuated, and thus normalized in road cycling. Using semi-structured interviews, this qualitative study indicates that road cyclists have a different understanding of match-fixing. By demonstrating that (a) cooperation between competitors happens routinely, (b) cyclists use self-serving explanations to justify these collaborations, and (c) newcomers are induced to engage in and accept collaborations with their competitors, we also indicate how normalized behaviors contribute to a grey zone that can be labelled as match-fixing. To enhance the future credibility of road cycling towards both fans and sponsors, additional clarifying and awareness-raising policy measures should be implemented.}},
  author       = {{Van Der Hoeven, Stef and Constandt, Bram and Schyvinck, Cleo and Lagae, Wim and Willem, Annick}},
  issn         = {{1012-6902}},
  journal      = {{INTERNATIONAL REVIEW FOR THE SOCIOLOGY OF SPORT}},
  keywords     = {{match-fixing,road cycling,normalization,sport manipulation,tactics,CORRUPTION,MANAGEMENT,FIRMS,SPORT}},
  language     = {{eng}},
  title        = {{The grey zone between tactics and manipulation : the normalization of match-fixing in road cycling}},
  url          = {{http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/10126902211038414}},
  year         = {{2022}},
}

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