The Show on KJZZ

The point-shaving scandal that rocked ASU in the 1990s is now a Netflix documentary

By Steve Goldstein
Published: Tuesday, October 19, 2021 - 12:35pm

Audio icon Download mp3 (9.65 MB)

Stevin Hedake Smith Hoop Schemes Bad Sport Netflix
Netflix
An archival photo of Stevin "Hedake" Smith in "Hoop Schemes," part of the documentary series "Bad Sport."

School presidents and university athletic directors — along with professional sports overseers — have for decades fought against the possibility of the intersection of gambling and sporting events. They feared corruption and undue influence that could affect outcomes. We’re seeing a dramatic change in those attitudes as many states — including Arizona — have legalized sports betting.

But back in 1994, that was definitely not the case, when Arizona State University’s men’s basketball team was caught up in a point-shaving scandal.

That scandal is the subject of a new Netflix documentary, "Hoop Schemes," which is part of a series called "Bad Sport." It features interviews with the players at the center of the point shaving, including star guard Stevin “Hedake” Smith.

The Show spoke earlier with Luke Sewell, who directed "Hoop Schemes," and asked him why he jumped at the chance to be involved when Netflix called him.

More Stories From KJZZ

BusinessThe Show Arts + Entertainment