The Fix Is In: The Showbiz Manipulations of the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and NASCAR
Professional sports in America: it's all about fair play and the goal of winning championships. At least that's the spin. But could it be a massive showbiz operation filled with greedy owners, crooked referees, and coddled players, all with the unstated goal of grabbing as much money as possible?
Author Brian Tuohy provides a full-sourced saga of the corruption that has infected the storied histories of the NBA, MLB, NFL, NHL, and NASCAR.
With reality obscured by a complacent and often complicit sports media, The Fix Is In shines a light on a hidden history of clandestine arrangements between television networks and sports leagues, all against a background of drinking, drugging, and crime.
Finally, here's a book that unflinchingly examines the sordid underbelly of the American sports industry.
Great read! Check it out!
By Jarrod Paul "J." - March 31, 2010
I have to say that Im totally enjoying this book. Im not even a big sports fan and I dont think you really need to be one to enjoy this. Its just super interesting reading about all the,drugs, greed, booze, and gambling (and the cover ups by the leagues, owners, coaches and players: WOW!!) that plays a HUGE roll in pro and college sports. Im about half way done and I dont want it to end. I just love reading about these so-called "role models" hanging around with gangsters, getting wasted, getting high, and gambling themselves so deep, that they have to throw games to get out! This book helps me justify my own feelings about most sports (especially football) being fake and or rigged by players, owners or even umpires. ....and I havent even got to the Pete Rose section yet!!!!
GET THIS BOOK!!! HIGHLY ENTERTAINING AND HIGHLY RECOMENDED!
CONSPIRACIES DO EXIST! ASK REFEREE TIM DONAGHY
By iam frustrated - April 21, 2010
TERRIFIC BOOK. I bought a copy after I heard author Brian Tuohy doing an interview. I was skeptical, but it's hard to ignore the arguments and information put forth here. It's amazing that no one has written this book until now.
Michael Jordan's sudden and abrupt retirement now makes sense against the backdrop of his unpublicized gambling issues; the emotional Daytona 500 win by Dale Earnhardt one year after his father's death which seemed way too good to be true and Referee Tim Donaghy who admitted fixing games but who has now been silenced and has disappeared...AND these are only three stories out of DOZENS AND DOZENS.
Tuohy makes a good point when he states that cheating or fixing is not illegal. Professional sports are self-regulated. Despite the fact that cities subsidize these franchises which gives the leagues the ability to negotiate billion dollar deals for broadcast rights, there is no accountability.
If you prefer your favorite sports to read like fairy tales - dont read this book.
By Scott - June 14, 2010
If you are able to separate yourself from speaking or thinking about your favorite sport team in the collective "we" then you will love Brian Tuohy's "The Fix is in". The book has been tabbed as a "conspiracy theory" book - but I would argue that the book in fact is NOT a conspiracy theory book as those books usually just throw out wild accusations with no basis or foundation to begin to even build a question or theory on. The Fix is In - is rather a suggestion and challenge to the general public and "die hard" sports fan to consider certain truths both documented and notably alleged. If you approach the book as a research document you will find much more supporting evidence of very "shady" transactions or occurrences that have gone widely ignored or unknown. Even the lack of coverage of such transactions / transgressions is a very interesting topic covered in the book. I think Tuohy opens the door to some very provocative and potentially very damning questions... and I say its about... read more