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Fixed: How Goodfellas Bought Boston College Basketball
     

Fixed: How Goodfellas Bought Boston College Basketball

by David Porter
 

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Using extensive background research as well as interviews with the principal characters, Fixed provides the first in-depth reconstruction of the point-shaving scandal involving the 1978-1979 Boston College basketball team, from the genesis of the plot in the summer of 1978, through the uncovering of the scheme during an unrelated investigation in 1980, to the trial

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Using extensive background research as well as interviews with the principal characters, Fixed provides the first in-depth reconstruction of the point-shaving scandal involving the 1978-1979 Boston College basketball team, from the genesis of the plot in the summer of 1978, through the uncovering of the scheme during an unrelated investigation in 1980, to the trial that captivated the sports world in the fall of 1981 and its aftermath. This multi-layered story of greed and betrayal combines sports, gambling, and the Mafia into an irresistible morality tale with a modern edge.

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Review Of Higher Education
For college basketball fans who list Goodfellas among their favorite movies and occasionally keep an eye on point spreads, David Porter's Fixed: How Goodfellas Bought Boston College Basketball could not be more in you wheelhouse.

The brilliance of Fixed is in the incredible detail Porter uses in depicting how the scheme began, how players were drawn in and, most importantly, how they were affected emotionally and psychologically.

Most interesting is Porter's exploration of our country's romanticized notion of sports, and how misdeeds on fields of play are often treated more harshly than off them.
— Jack Schaller

Daily Variety- La - Dana Harris
"Fixed" follows the point-shaving scandal of the 1978-79 Boston College basketball team.

Players profiled in the book include Rick Kuhn, who pulled his teammates into the plot and paid for it with a 10-year prison sentence; Jim Sweeney, a prep school graduate and honor student who found himself trapped between gamblers and a conscience that wouldn't let him cheat his teammates; and leading scorer Ernie Cobb, who saw his dreams of playing in the pros crushed by his association with the fixers.

The Review of Higher Education - Jack Schaller
For college basketball fans who list Goodfellas among their favorite movies and occasionally keep an eye on point spreads, David Porter's Fixed: How Goodfellas Bought Boston College Basketball could not be more in you wheelhouse.

The brilliance of Fixed is in the incredible detail Porter uses in depicting how the scheme began, how players were drawn in and, most importantly, how they were affected emotionally and psychologically.

Most interesting is Porter's exploration of our country's romanticized notion of sports, and how misdeeds on fields of play are often treated more harshly than off them.

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Big-time mobsters, All-American athletes and high-powered lawyers are but a few of the intriguing characters who appear in Porter's well-researched, action-packed account of the 1978-1979 Boston College point-shaving scandal. Porter, a veteran sportswriter and columnist, traces the scandal from its creation in the summer of 1978 through the trials of the players and mobsters in 1981; particularly fascinating is his exploration of how the scam affected the players mentally and the relationship between them and the gangsters. His journalistic style is detailed but never slow, fair to all sides but not soft. He admits when his information is unclear, but still manages to present a coherent examination of the events. Porter also expertly portrays his primary characters, who include Jim Sweeny, an Academic All-American and a Naismith award winner who is described by the gangsters as "the perfect front," and ex-mobster-turned-star government witness Henry Hill, the man who wrote Wiseguy, the book that the movie Goodfellas was based on. Porter devotes the first part of the book to the planning and execution of the scheme to shave points; there he recounts the history of Boston College basketball and the program's situation at the time of the scandal. He then examines the '78-'79 season game by game, showing how the sinister plan unfolded. The second part of the book, which relates the details of the investigation and the trials of the case in 1981, is even more absorbing than the first. (Mar.) Forecast: College basketball fans and readers of crime books--especially those involving the underworld--will revel in the mix of exciting drama and exacting detail, and will be drawn to the provocative cover, reminiscent of the jackets on Mario Puzo's books. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
No longer just a competition between rival schools, university athletics has become a multibillion-dollar business where the love of the game often pales in comparison to the lure of big money. In this well-researched book, Porter, a sports journalist (Sporting News, Soccer America, and Hockey News) in Philadelphia and New York for 14 years, offers a disturbing glimpse of a gambling scandal that involved the Mafia and the 1978-79 Boston College basketball team. The author used numerous interviews to document the chain of events, from the initial investigation of three players implicated in shaving points to fix at least 12 games to the ultimate conviction of five people. This compelling story features a glossary of legal terms. For regional collections. (Index not seen.) Larry R. Little, Penticton P.L., BC Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Chicago Tribune
[This book] is an ambitious recap of the point-shaving scandal that struck Boston College in the 1978-79 season...Porter's reporting is meticulous and his narrative brisk...
Philadelphia Daily News
...a lively book.
Chicago Sun-Times
Fixed is compelling drama.
Sacramento Bee
[An] eye-opening account of a point-shaving scandal involving the Boston College basketball team in the 1978-79 season...Porter exhaustively studies the entire history of this scandal.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780878331468
Publisher:
Taylor Trade Publishing
Publication date:
09/17/2002
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
781,373
Product dimensions:
5.94(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.73(d)

Meet the Author

David Porter is an accomplished sportswriter and columnist with nearly twenty years of experience in the print and online news business. He lives in Trenton, New Jersey.

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