A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Fraud and criminal behavior in sports is the theme of the series. Greed is the main reason given for these acts, but international reputation is also a motivator.
Positive Role Models
Some people who committed crimes appear to regret them, but others are less repentant.
The majority of people responsible for corrupt acts profiled are male and Caucasian. Black athletes involved in a scandal are featured in one episode, an Asian book keeper in another, and the disparity between Black South African and Afrikaner athletes in cricket is discussed.
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Violence & Scariness
The injuring and killing of show horses for insurance fraud is the focus of one episode. Others talk about the role of organized crime in the events that took place. Athletes are shown falling and getting hurt during practices and competitions, or in casts, but no bloody wounds are shown. Guns are visible, and there are threats to shoot people; criminal acts like stealing, burning things, and other behaviors are discussed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
An illicit affair is discussed in one episode. Another shows women standing on the sidelines at an event wearing bathing suits.
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Lots of cursing ("s--t," "f--k") and language like "hell" and "damn."
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Products & Purchases
Advertising and product logos are visible in archive footage, but not in a marketing context. Sport clubs from different countries are also featured.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drugs (pot, cocaine) and drug sales are themes in some episodes. Drugs are visible in archival footage, and cocaine is visible in the opening credits. Cigarette and cigar smoking, as well as drinking, is also visible in some installments. One episode refers to an alcoholic parent.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bad Sport is a docuseries that focuses on some of the sport world's biggest corruption scandals. There's lots of cursing (some episodes contain more swearing than others), descriptions of violent events, and footage of athletes falling and getting hurt. An illicit affair is discussed in one episode. Drug use and dealing is a theme, and there are brief images of weed and cocaine (which are included in the opening credits). Tobacco smoking and drinking is visible, too. Various sport clubs and teams are featured within the context of each episode, and logos for products and services are visible in archive footage, but not in a marketing context.
Is It Any Good?
The compelling series offers detailed narratives about some of the most notorious examples of sports fraud around the world. Thanks to frank interviews with key individuals associated with each controversy, which range from repentant athletes to disturbingly cavalier book makers and criminals who sought to profit from them, it reveals the behind-the-scenes decisions and actions that fueled each scandal. The consequences on the individuals involved, their sports, and their fans are also discussed. But Bad Sport also succeeds at highlighting how widespread corruption is in the sports world. It underscores how politicizing sporting events can lead to manipulation and misconduct, and how their association with privilege and profit creates an environment that is ripe for unscrupulous people and behavior. Overall, the series is a statement about the erosion of sports culture, and shows the kind of damage that can be done if the potential misdeeds aren't kept in check.
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