FBI investigates St. Louis Cardinals amid hacking allegations

Rich Hanley

Rich Hanley, an associate professor in the graduate sports journalism program, is available to comment on reports that the FBI and the Justice Department are investigating whether officials from the St. Louis Cardinals hacked into the Houston Astros' computer systems to steal player information.

"There's a saying in sports that if you're not cheating, you're not trying, and sports history is littered with examples of this, from stealing pitching signs at the Polo Grounds in 1951 to just about everything involving the NFL Patriots," Hanley said. "These allegations against the Cardinals range far beyond gamesmanship into the realm of criminality. It's okay to steal a sign during a game but not data stored on a machine."  

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