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Fixed : how goodfellas bought Boston College basketball
Porter, David, 1960-
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Publication Information:
Dallas, Tex. : Taylor Trade Pub., [2000]

Physical Description:
xiii, 256 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Includes index.

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GV885.43.B68 P67 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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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, to the uncovering of the scheme during an unrelated investigation in 1980, to the trial that captivated the sports world in the fall of 1981. It is a multi-layered story of greed and betrayal combining sports, gambling, and the Mafia.

Author Notes

David Porter, a veteran sportswriter and columnist, lives in Trenton, New Jersey.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

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 booksDespecially those involving the underworldDwill 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. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Chapter 1 The Odd Couplep. 1
Chapter 2 The Meetingp. 9
Chapter 3 The Man from New Yorkp. 17
Chapter 4 The Scenep. 28
Chapter 5 "Winning in Smaller Ways"p. 43
Chapter 6 Hoop Dreamsp. 55
Chapter 7 Disorder on the Courtp. 61
Chapter 8 Point-Shaving 101p. 76
Chapter 9 "If We Lose, We Win"p. 85
Chapter 10 Loose Lipsp. 101
Chapter 11 Eye of the Stormp. 117
Chapter 12 Choosing Sidesp. 137
Chapter 13 The Trialp. 152
Chapter 14 The Perfect Frontp. 171
Chapter 15 End of the Linep. 190
Chapter 16 Full-Court Pressp. 207
Chapter 17 Aftermathp. 229
Boston College 1978-79 Seasonp. 243
Legal Terms Glossaryp. 245
Resourcesp. 249
Indexp. 250