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Basketball ACT boss Michael Haynes on the front foot as concerns rise about gambling on local Canberra sports

Basketball ACT have already taken the huge step of asking people to leave the arena at local games in a bid to stamp out corruption in Canberra sport.

Online sports betting agencies are offering live odds on amateur competitions in Canberra, raising the prospect of match-fixing in grassroots sport.

Overseas betting agencies have opened markets on local basketball while punters have kept a keen eye on Capital Football's National Premier League for a number of years.

Basketball ACT boss Michael Haynes has instructed his staff to be "quite vigilant" with courtsiders - people that watch the game and feed live game updates back to betting agencies on their phone.

"If we see them there, then we ask them to leave the stadium, which we have had to do," Haynes said.

"They've always left with no drama, it's never been an issue. My staff have been instructed to look for it, so it's not accidental. They're actually patrolling the crowd.

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"If they see someone that looks like they may be courtsiding then we go up, speak to them and find out why they're there, and if it's for that purpose we just ask them to leave."

Basketball and soccer's status as popular sports all across the globe possibly open them up to more interest for off-shore bets.

Capital Football boss Phil Brown refused to answer phone calls while Haynes says all sports have to be extremely vigilant to try and stamp out match-fixing before the problem goes too deep.

"Conceivably if they are interested in Wednesday night at Belconnen Basketball Stadium, they could be interested in what's happening at the hockey centre on a Thursday night," Haynes said.

"I just don't know. Basketball is popular around the world, so maybe that's a part of why it attracts a bit of attention from these betting operators as a sport."

Small association leagues in Canberra and Tasmania have both come under the microscope of overseas betting agencies but Haynes says it is a nationwide issue.

Canberra clubs have all been made aware of the situation as Basketball ACT look to get on the front foot and stamp out the possibility of match-fixing in local competitions.

Senator Nick Xenophon will push to tighten gambling laws in a bid to halt corruption before it creeps into amateur sports.

"I think it would be naive to think it was only happening in Canberra and Hobart," Haynes said.

"All of the other states similarly have courtsiding policies now and the integrity framework with Basketball Australia. As a sport we're getting on the front foot and trying to deal with it as proactively as we can."

Basketball Australia has partnerships with a number of Australian-based gambling agencies and cutting out exotic bets is always a topic of discussion with their partners.

"They're doing what they can, but these international betting operators we just can't do anything about in regards to stopping them," Haynes said.

"As I understand it, they can frame a market without any permission at all."