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The Fix Is In: The Showbiz Manipulations of the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and NASCAR [Kindle Edition]

Brian Tuohy
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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.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 965 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 323 Seiten
  • Verlag: Feral House (1. April 2010)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B003XNTT5I
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Manipulationen in den amerikanischen Ligen 3. Januar 2015
Der Autor zeigt an Hand aller amerikanischer Profi-Ligen (NFL, MLB, NBA und NHL), dass nicht immer nur der Sport regiert. Oftmals wird aus taktischen Gründen verloren, etwa weil dann bei den Drafts bessere Positionen möglich sind. Oder aber Matchserien gehen in die Verlängerung um zusätzliche Einnahmen lukrieren zu können. Auch Wettbetrug spielt natürlich eine Rolle. Die meisten Fälle sind allerdings schon eher alt. Dennoch ein spannendes Buch, wobei aber für das gute Verständnis Kenntnisse über die amerikanischen Sportarten von Vorteil sind.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great read! Check it out! 31. März 2010
Von Jarrod Paul - Veröffentlicht auf
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!!!!

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4.0 von 5 Sternen If you prefer your favorite sports to read like fairy tales - dont read this book. 14. Juni 2010
Von Scott - Veröffentlicht auf
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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 time
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Fix is in and All Standards Are Out 25. November 2012
Von Jimmy Lee - Veröffentlicht auf
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Brian Tuohy exposes something much more significant in this book than just about the on going fixes and manipulations in American sports. I believe the usage of the word "Fix" in this title carries multiple connotations because the "Fix" goes beyond than just the mere simple and complex factors that influence sports outcomes but how psychologically it serves as fix from reality for the vast majority of American people.

We all know how sports is such a widespread topic of conversation wherever you go; from the gym locker rooms; the office; the bar scenery; academics; family dinner tables; etc. It maybe the number one go to for small talk as well, "So, how about them Yankees" ? So where am I going with all of this ? Sports is becoming more of an unhealthy obsession than ever before. Don't get me wrong, I loved playing sports when I was a child and even now as an adult but I had much difficulty in serving the role as a spectator when it came to sports. I couldn't actually sit down and watch endless hours of sports chewing up my weekend time. For some, this is pure relaxation and it is all good; for another segment of the population it is revisiting an old past time. I get it. It's sheer entertainment and their is nothing wrong with that.

What Brian focuses on in the beginning of this book is how unappreciated the average fan is. From a business perspective, fans are on the bottom of the totem pole; fans will spend their hard earned dollars on 10$ hot dogs, 8$ beers, 20$ parking, inflated seat prices, the works. And yet little does the fan know how uncaring these franchises really appreciate their dollars. How many fans will return to work on Monday morning with their heads down and their spirits broken only because "their" team failed to clinch a playoff sport or that "their" team lost to a rivalry in overtime. Guess what? A lot of people experience this. In all honesty, I couldn't step into a sports arena or stadium without feeling completely scammed or swindled. Besides the inflated prices, these sports athletes are not even playing the game honestly anymore. I thought the foundation of professional sports was supposed to be based on a special God given talent or natural ability. Nope. That has been thrown out the window a long long time ago. And yet sports fans will memorize and brag about their favorite athlete stats as if they were earned honestly. Do I need to go into spy scandals and illegal surveillance in club arena's ? Cheating is rampant in sports and I question the validity of these championships. Many of them are tainted. So let's not take these championships so seriously. But don't ever say that to a die hard fan because you may end up in the hospital.

Most fans will say they understand that sports is business so why were so many fans in Cleveland booing Lebron James when he decided to play for Miami?

Update 2015:

And Here we go again. Fast Forward to 2014 and what happens ?! Lebron James returns to the Cleveland Cavaliers only to be welcomed with cheers and gigantic banners sporting bold letters, "Welcome back King James". Huh ? As time and time again proves, the average fan, although not very bright or sharp always manage to make room for forgiveness for their favorite athlete. One minute they're spitting on you and the next minute they're worshiping the ground you walk on. Similarly, when it comes cheating or any other act of dishonesty in professional sports, fans forgive this too in a blink of an eye. And if the cheating led to multiple championships, well, that's not really talked about, more like swept under the rug. But who cares, right ? If you're not cheating, you're not trying.

It is tough to "crack down" on illegal drugs in sports when it provides such a powerful financial incentive for owners; players improve their performance illegally; ticket sales go up; commercials pay top dollar for television spots. It's a feeding trough. Standards are sacrificed to profit. Where else could one be convicted of a felony crime and serve a measly year and a half sentence only to be awarded a 100 million dollar contract ?

But the sickness goes beyond that, how about sports fans beating other opposing sports fans into Comas simply because they were wearing a different jersey ? It's pathetic to say the very least. A few weeks ago, I saw an ESPN commercial showing "Die Hard" Fans who express their pride by having their favorite sports franchise logo on their tombstone. What is going on here ? Do people not realize how sick and depraved this culture is ? Would a stadium return the favor to Joe Six Pack who earns an income below the poverty line and hasn't seen his waistline since his childhood years an engraved plated space on a stadium seat ? I don't think so.

With the aid of technology via smart phones sports has been elevated to a lifestyle of obsession. Countless times I will ride the subway or step into the office and see people on their phones checking up on the latest updates whether it is injuries, trades, drafts, or their precious fantasy league. Brian spends a short segment of the book on Fantasy league but I have much more to say about it. Once upon a time, sports fans would only follow their favored team but now since one's fantasy team involves players from all different teams in real time you have sports fans watching every game because each of these players performance affects their league. It's incredible.

I conclude this review with the same question that Brian poses in the beginning of his book, "why do we even care about sports ? Personally, if sports disappeared I could care less. For some people this may be an apocalyptic scenario. I will take Brian's psychological argument further which is people are attracted to a sense of social belonging. Fair enough. This explains why sports fans grip so tightly to their winnings, loses, and championships almost as if they were theirs. Fans will use the personal pronoun "We" when referring to their team as if they were out there playing with them. It's so sad because on the other side, the team that they worship, has little or to no clue as to who their fans are. Nor do they care.

As it was said of the masses under the Roman Empire that "The once sovereign people has thrown its cares to the winds, limits its ambitions and only asks anxiously for two things, bread and the games of the circus. "

Updated 2015:

I just couldn't help myself to stand silent after all of the endless commotion for "Super Bowl" week. Year after Year this mindless spectacle is praised and overly hyped more than ever; the interviews, the speculation, the dumb down commercials, the uneventful musical performances, the multi-million dollar tv ad spots......and yes, oh yes, we can't forget about the Scandals, or in this particular case, "Deflate Gate. " Another Scandal is exposed in the NFL and a lot of open questions still remain unanswered.

The returning champions (Seahawks) lose to a franchise (Patriots) that has a checkered past when it comes to, well you know, playing the game honestly. After 11 of 12 footballs in the AFC vs NFC championship game were discovered to be under inflated or deflated below the required NFL standard, the Patriots seem to have escaped unscathed with a fresh new Lombardy Trophy. Sports commentators discuss dynasty, legacy, the hall of fame but very few of them failed to mention this scandal and their questionable past during the big game. Not really a surprise considering they wouldn't want to tarnish the image of the NFL. After all, the NFL pays these people a very generous salary to talk about absolutely nothing. But it is quite simple folks, a team is caught cheating their way to the championship game and so far nothing has happened, except the Patriots receiving more glory and praise after they won. Are you surprised ? I hope not. The patriots are good at denying and the commissioner (Roger Goodell) is, well, not so good at covering up another scandal. However, he is good at protecting the profits of the owners. Having a commissioner of the NFL is like having a fox run the hen house; the NFL teams are all profit sharing. The teams, including the commissioner, have a very big interest in these sort of outcomes. How can there be any ounce of integrity in a league where profits always reign king ? Easy. There simply can't be. It's impossible. Integrity will always be sacrificed for profits. A punishment dolled out to the Patriots before the big game would concede that they did cheat and they got caught which would bring the league's integrity into question. Nope, can't have that scenario. But hopefully an "on going" or "continuing" investigation will quell the on going suspicions. Time is marching along and we have yet to have a definitive answer to these shenanigans, which is only birthing more and more conspiracy theories. One in particular, The Colts deflated the balls with a needle ?! Seriously?! Let me make this more clear and more simple. First and foremost, The NFL is interested in making money, lots of it. And if their image is going to be threatened which in turn could affect those profits, well then, guess what ? You can be rest assured that the NFL will do anything to protect these profits. In this case, more and more conflicting conspiracy theories are surfacing rendering the whole scandal more difficult to interpret but it is quite clear. I believe the NFL already knows who did the crime. Unfortunately, for the NFL, the truth will not be on its side but will have a detrimental effect on the NFL's image. If the Colts won or if the Seahawks didn't forget they had the best running back in the league much of this child's play wouldn't even be broached. But here we have a reigning "Dynasty" franchise who has been caught cheating in the past. (SpyGate) And only a very small bit of knowledge about this past incident was brought to the public's attention. (Tapes being destroyed) We apparently do not know how truly extensive the taping was. Can we hope the NFL will adopt the punitive measures similar to the Olympics ? That maybe wishful thinking. As you all know, in the Olympics, when an Olympic gold winning athlete is caught cheating, those precious medals go bye bye, stripped and taken away. I can't see the NFL adopting these type of standards.

And yet here we have another Super Bowl that breaks all records in terms of ratings. What is going on here !?? Unfortunately, the majority of the fans don't care. Cheating is trendy, if you're not cheating, you're simply not trying. That seems to be the moral compass fans follow nowadays. I mean what other morons would pay 5,000 for a seat at the Super Bowl. Not this guy, that's for sure. I like a little honesty with my bread and circus games thank you very much.
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Von iam frustrated - Veröffentlicht auf
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.

The players that succumb to their own demons will always exist (that's why as Tuohy points out that the leagues have their own ad-hoc police force made up of ex-FBI agents-it's amazing and TRUE!) AND the sports reporters in order to keep their jobs and preserve access will always look the other way.

It's the big money-no ethics mentality of the sports leagues that is the root of all evil and the league commissioners are the true villains. If they clean up their act when it comes to drug testing, etc., perhaps professional sports will have the integrity that the fans deserve and should demand.

I checked out author Brian Tuohy's webpage [...]. On it he states "There are no coincidences." This couldn't be truer.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Changed the way I think about sports 9. Februar 2014
Von palindrome13 - Veröffentlicht auf
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Let me start that I am not much into conspiracy theories. However, after reading Brian Tuohy's excellent The Fix Is In, I am not so sure. Tuohy's makes the case that professional sports are too big and make too much money to be left to chance. Sports are just are version of "Bread and Circuses" from Roman times. Ratings are hugely important because that drives revenue. The NBA is probably the biggest culprit. Ever wonder why the Lakers and Celtics (now the Heat) are always in the finals? They get better ratings because they have the "superstars". Wonder why Michael Jordan never got fouls called on him? Wonder why the Knicks won the lottery for Patrick Ewing? That's what the commissioner David Stern wanted. A very good book that will make you think.
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