The main difficulty of throwing a game on purpose (i.e., to be paid by gamblers) is that there is a huge crowd watching your every move, and especially millions if the game is televised. How do players typically pull this off with plausible deniability?
Do batters try to take a foolish swing here and there to get themselves struck out, but in an innocent looking way?
Does a goalie purposefully flail about and fail to stop an otherwise stop-able shot?
In addition, is it typically much easier to bribe offensive players to lose, than defenders? (i.e., for a basketball player to make a three-point shot but miss is perfectly easy to do since most 3-point attempts miss anyway, but for a baseball player to keep dropping catchable fly balls would be highly suspicious?)