The NFL is a $10 billion-a-year business with prominent government and corporate tiesCBS, NBC/GE, Disney/ESPN, and FOX to name a few. As the late broadcaster Howard Cosell wrote in 1985, "The NFL, you see, monitors and collects just about everything that is written about it in newspapers and magazines and said about it on radio and television. . . . Like the CIA and the FBI, the NFL has its own enemies listand I got the distinct impression that I was at the top of it."
Although sports gambling is seen as a victimless crime, 99 percent of all sports gambling in the United States is done illegally, its untold billions of dollars directly handed by the mob. It is their top money-maker, followed closely by loan sharking activities that often accompany gamblers who cannot pay their bookies in time. When games are fixed today, the money wagered on rigged contests is trafficked through these mob-backed bookmakers.
Much of the information of this book is taken directly from FBI case files obtained through multiple Freedom of Information Act requests. The FBI held over four hundred files directly related to sports bribery, which is the legal term for game fixing and/or point shaving. These covered everything from horse racing to boxing to college athletic events to the NFL, NBA, and MLB (with a notable exception of the NHL). The files are quoted directly.
This is Brian Tuohy's second book on illegal game fixing.
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About the Author
Brian Tuohy is considered to be America’s leading expert on game fixing in sports. While Larceny Games discusses game fixing from a sports gambling aspect, his previous book The Fix Is In: The Showbiz Manipulations of the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, and NASCAR examined how the professional leagues influence the outcome of their own games for TV ratings and profit. He has appeared as a guest on over 100 radio programs throughout the United States and Canada and has spoken at Florida State University, Columbia College in Chicago, and at the 2012 AEJMC National Conference.
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