"You look for a kid already in trouble with a bookmaker, and he can't pay. So you tell him he's got three choices: bring the money tomorrow, help us out by shaving points -- or else. Also, we know through the grapevine what players hang around bars. We schmooze with them, learn their background through research. We befriend them, tell them, 'Listen, you're a senior, a pretty good basketball player, but you're not gonna be a lottery pick.'"
"Then you ask them how much money they got in their pocket. They're almost always broke. So you tell them, 'The arena is filled every night, your school makes money off you and what do you have? Bad grades. You're not going to the pros, so why leave college broke? Use your head. We'll put some money in your pocket.'"
But what about professional athletes? Franseze admits that while they're much more difficult to coerce than college players, they are often victims of their own hubris or lack of intelligence. These athletes tend to hang out with the wrong crowds, engage in criminal behavior, and end up in situations where they can easily be blackmailed by enterprising criminals. Still, when having to fix a professional sporting event, Franseze says that targeting referees in the much safer bet, as the more fouls they call in your team's favor, the better chances they have of pulling out a win.
Much of what Franseze has said in interviews has been backed up by forensic analysis of past games. As it turns out, there is a greater incident of point shaving in the NCAA as compared to the NBA. So evidence suggests that college sports, particularly basketball, are the most vulnerable to game fixing.