Imagine if the Premier League title race was fixed. Not by corrupt players or match officials in the pay of gambling syndicates, but by an unholy alliance of Premier League executives and club owners keen to heighten the drama, thereby increasing television audiences and revenue. That, in a nutshell, is what Brian Tuohy claims is happening in major sports in the United States. He alleges that those who run Major League Baseball, American football, basketball, ice hockey and even Nascar racing regularly manipulate results. Tuohy cites many examples where he claims the fix was in.
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Return to Book Page. 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? 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.
Brian Tuohy maintains the website thefixisin. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published April 1st by Feral House first published More Details Other Editions 3. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Fix Is In , please sign up.
Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Apr 29, Sean Grabowski rated it it was amazing. This is the sports book every fan should read. For someone who thought he knew sports, it is stunning what's revealed in these pages. The author not only tears apart the leagues by exposing the lies they've told to their fans, but he makes a convincing case that the games have been fixed by the big businesses that are pro sports and television.
While most may see this book as nothing but a "conspiracy theory," in truth the author uses facts and quotes taken from reliable sources to prove his cas This is the sports book every fan should read. While most may see this book as nothing but a "conspiracy theory," in truth the author uses facts and quotes taken from reliable sources to prove his case.
I know I will never watch a game the same way again. Jun 18, Seth rated it liked it. One of the reasons sports continue to maintain their popularity because we perceive the outcome to be organic and not manufactured like "reality" TV or scripted drama. That's basically the idea behind this book. The book is very thorough in describing the motives of fans, owners, and players and the various ways in which the games are subject to manipulation: crime, gambling, drugs, and television.
There are examples One of the reasons sports continue to maintain their popularity because we perceive the outcome to be organic and not manufactured like "reality" TV or scripted drama. That kept the book to a manageable pages - if it had included an examination of the Olympics and collegiate sports who knows where the page count would have wound up.
There are thorough examinations of suspicious events such as the NBA Draft Lottery and Michael Jordan's two-year "retirement" from the NBA, which are interesting, but there's nothing really groundbreaking in the book regarding those events that can't be found elsewhere.
Weak spots? The author speculates that Super Bowl III was not an upset of the heavily favored Colts by the AFL Jets, but that it was in fact fixed because the owners wanted to maximize their TV deal for the full merger in and as a result they needed to show that the two leagues were on an even playing field. He lays out how the performances of the two teams in the Super Bowl were uncharacteristic of how they had played all season. It's an interesting theory and maybe it's true.
But it falls a little short in explaining exactly what the incentive for the Colts to roll over would have been. He doesn't really supply what the logic would have been on the Vikings side for that one.
What did the NFL promise them? A trio of Super Bowl failures in the s? The author clearly has an ax to grind with the NFL specifically. The last 40 pages of the book are theories on how every Super Bowl from through could have been fixed. Again, it's mostly looking at unusual things that happened and then coming up with a reason why the NFL wanted that outcome or who they were trying to pay back for some previous favor.
Some of them are intriguing but there are also some big reaches. I'm not exactly sure why he wanted to include this section and I think he burned up a large portion of the credibility he had built up throughout the book. The NFL is certainly powerful, but is it really a vast conspiracy that controls everything and everyone within its reach?
Overall, good background that will make you examine the sports you've been watching a little more closely. But does it blow the lid off sports in America? Not quite. Feb 08, Chris Ramirez rated it it was ok. There is lots of interesting information in the book and it explains the marketing of professional sports but the conclusions are far fetched at best at worst borderline conspiracy theories.
Each fix makes sense on its own but put together they make no sense to me. This book was pages, I think it would have been shrunk down to pages and it would have been more interesting. May 31, Joel rated it it was ok. Maybe I'm more naive than I think, or the scandalous events he actually provides evidence for are already baked into my sports consciousness, or his speculation about every fucking Super Bowl being rigged is absurd.
It's probably all three. Nov 11, Jon Walliser rated it liked it. He makes good points but at times makes the mistake of acting like he knows what went on. He is only guessing and doesn't really know. However I am well aware that arena sports are big money and it's not a shock to me that parts of it are scripted and staged.
Feb 21, Michael Dean rated it really liked it. No Do not buy this book. It sucks! It's not a good book and is poorly written. I was disappointed. Feb 20, Glenn Proven rated it liked it. The author, Brian Tuohy does a great job using actual data to show the cast of all sports are dubious, the media as its watchdog is impotent and certain outcomes lead to better bettor?
He also states not all games are fixed just some important ones. He makes the case that for marketing purposes, it makes sense to have series go to more games so sweeps will become more uncommon. He spends most of the early book going through arrests and gambling charges of players, refs a The author, Brian Tuohy does a great job using actual data to show the cast of all sports are dubious, the media as its watchdog is impotent and certain outcomes lead to better bettor?
He spends most of the early book going through arrests and gambling charges of players, refs and owners. After showcasing the ineffective media, why gambling is involved and how TV contracts are pushing the teams to highest paydays ever, he examines certain games to show how they were probably manipulated.
I bleed green for my team. I wanted a positive outcome in the Super Bowl. So I wanted to know how the Patriots were going to cheat this time. I remember the Eagles first 2 trips. The Monday after their first trip to the Super Bowl in , a friend of my father told me, while in a bar on Saturday, he met a gambler on his way to AC who proclaimed an Oakland win on Sunday, asserting it was already decided.
The Philadelphia franchise on their second trip met the NE Patriots. This book clearly shows the improper intimate relationship of the Patriots with the NFL management.
But in , Philadelphia hosted the NFL draft. It was a very positive experience. The NFL was facing criticism from the President and some people were calling for a boycott of the games. Finally in the last month of the season and the loss of Carson Wentz, the Eagles started beating their chests screaming "Under-dog" as most of the country thought Philly was done.
The team played as under-dogs the remaining games, including all their playoff games despite being ranked 1 in the NFC. So the Eagles being from Philly, were immediately given a Rocky type of story. ESPN had even cited unrest among the owner, the coach and the quarterback. The NFL disputes their claim. The Eagles defense had their worst game of the season.
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The Fix Is In: The Showbiz Manipulations of the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and NASCAR
Don't have an account yet? Get the most out of your experience with a personalized all-access pass to everything local on events, music, restaurants, news and more. As hard as it might be to believe, every Super Bowl since has been fixed. No, not fixed by gamblers or players trying to throw the game. But instead fixed by the NFL. The thesis of Tuohy's book is clearly stated in the title. Professional sports, as we know it, are as fake as professional wrestling.
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