The Fix is in

The Showbiz Manipulations of the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and NASCAR

Author: Brian Tuohy

Publisher: Feral House

ISBN: 1932595813

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 319

View: 3826

Discusses the manipulation and corruption within professional sports due to its deep connection with mass media, and includes information on sports gambling, doping, and fixing games to provide optimal media ratings.

Larceny Games

Sports Gambling, Game Fixing and the FBI

Author: Brian Tuohy

Publisher: Feral House

ISBN: 1936239787

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 360

View: 3004

Major League Baseball claims it hasn't had a game fixed by gamblers since 1919. No points have been shaved in the NBA since 1954. And the NFL states no game of theirs has come under outside influence – ever. These, however, are lies. The proof resides in FBI files only recently uncovered and discussed in Larceny Games.

Disaster Government

National Emergencies, Continuity of Government and You

Author: Brian Tuohy

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780988901100

Category: Administrative agencies

Page: 364

View: 5970

Revealed within the pages of Disaster Government is the most detailed information ever made public regarding Continuity of Government programs. These are the Top Secret plans the U.S. federal government created to save itself in the event of a nuclear war or some other "national emergency." What is a national emergency? You'd be surprised. When one is declared--which occurs more often than one would believe--a whole slew of horrific legislation is made available to the President to enact. Some of this could do what you would hope is impossible, including: rationing of food, water, and energy; the confiscation of your personal vehicle (car, boat, or plane); the confiscation of your personal "electromagnetic device" (cell phone, ipod, computer, television, etc.); forcing you to work where and on what project the government deems necessary; the ability to control your wages; and much, much more. These dormant laws waiting to spring to life were put into place by Democrats and Republicans from both the Left and the Right "for your protection..".and theirs. Disaster Government delves into Presidential Executive Orders, martial law & the Posse Comitatus Act, FEMA and its history, USNORTHCOM, and the Presidential Emergency Action Documents that make much of this possible. Also covered is the odd world of the secret underground bases and relocation sites built across the country to protect our officials. Shockingly, hidden within these secret cities is an unelected shadow government ready to assume control should our elected officials be killed in a terrorist attack or nuclear war. The scary part is: It's all true.

Gaming the Game

The Story Behind the NBA Betting Scandal and the Gambler Who Made It Happen

Author: Sean Patrick Griffin

Publisher: Barricade Books Incorporated

ISBN: 9781569804759

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 331

View: 1643

Now in paperback, Gaming the Game delves inside the FBI investigation of illegal gambling involving former basketball NBA referee, Tim Donaghy. The story examines Donaghy's relationships with professional gambler Jimmy Battista and Tommy Martino (the intermediary between Donaghy and Battista), the involvement of Italian-American crime families in the scheme, and the FBI's failed efforts to "flip" Battista into a cooperating witness.

Personal Foul

A First-Person Account of the Scandal that Rocked the NBA

Author: Tim Donaghy

Publisher: Clerisy Press

ISBN: 0615379095

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 272

View: 818

The media has often speculated and sports fans have debated, but until now no one has known the real story. Personal Foul takes an in-depth look at former NBA referee Tim Donaghy and the betting scandal that rocked professional basketball. This is the decisive book that reveals exactly what was done and how it all happened. Which games were affected and how? Did referees target particular players or teams? Just how much did the NBA know and when? How did the mafia get involved? The book answers all of these questions and more. Thrilling and poignant, Personal Foul takes readers on the journey of one man wrestling his own demons and shines a light on a culture of gambling and "directive" officiating in the NBA that promises to change the way sports fans view the game forever. The book also includes a foreword by Phil Scala, the FBI Special Agent who worked the Gambino case.

Fighting the Good Fight

Why On-Ice Violence Is Killing Hockey

Author: Adam Proteau

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118094891

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 384

View: 6762

A veteran hockey writer takes on hockey culture and the NHL—addressing the game's most controversial issue Whether it's on-ice fist fights or head shots into the glass, hockey has become a nightly news spectacle—with players pummeling and bashing each other across the ice like drunken gladiators. And while the NHL may actually condone on-ice violence as a ticket draw, diehard hockey fan and expert Adam Proteau argues against hockey's transformation into a thuggish blood sport. In Fighting the Good Fight, Proteau sheds light on the many perspectives of those in and around the game, with interviews of current and former NHL stars, coaches, general managers, and league executives, as well as medical experts. One of the most well-known media figures on the hockey scene today, famous for his funny, feisty observations as a writer for the Toronto Star and The Hockey News and commentator on CBC radio and TV, Adam Proteau is also one of the few mainstream media voices who is vehemently anti-fighting in hockey. Not only is his book a plea to the game's gatekeepers to finally clamp down on the runaway violence that permeates the sport even at its highest level, he offers realistic suggestions on ways to finally clean the game up. Includes interviews with medical experts on head injuries and concussions, as well as with other members of the media The author not only wages an attack on the value of fighting in hockey—but also on the establishment hockey culture Covering the most polarizing issue in hockey today, Fighting the Good Fight gives hockey fans and sports lovers everywhere a reason to stamp their feet and whistle—at a rare display of eloquence and common sense.

Interference

How Organized Crime Influences Professional Football

Author: Dan E. Moldea

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1480461180

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 509

View: 3058

A shocking exposé of widespread corruption and mob influence throughout the National Football League—on the field, in the owners’ boxes, and in the corporate suites According to investigative journalist Dan E. Moldea, for decades the National Football League has had a strong and unspoken understanding with a dangerous institution: organized crime. In his classic exposé, Interference, Moldea bares the dark, sordid underbelly of America’s favorite professional team sport, revealing a nest of corruption that the league has largely ignored since its inception. Based on intensive research and in-depth interviews with coaches, players, mobsters, bookies, gamblers, referees, and league officials—including some of the sport’s all-time greats—the author’s shocking allegations suggest that the betting line is firmly in the hands of the mob, who occasionally manipulate the on-field action for maximum profit. Interference chronicles a long-standing history of gambling, drugs, and extortion, of point-shaving and game-fixing, and reveals the eye-opening truth about numerous gridiron contests where the final results were determined even before the kickoff. Moldea exposes the mob connections of many of the team owners and their startling complicity in illegal gambling operations, while showing how NFL internal security has managed to quash nearly every investigation into illegality and corruption within the professional football world before it could get off the ground. Provocative, disturbing, and controversial, Interference is a must-read for football fans and detractors alike, offering indisputable proof that what’s really happening on the field, in the locker room, and behind the scenes is a whole different ball game.

Fix Is In

Author: Brian Tuohy

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781459610392

Category:

Page: 397

View: 5785

Skeptical fan Brian Tuohy believes that the hugely profitable sports leagues have covered up the truth behind their operations, that professional sports are not all about fair play but sometimes corrupt interactions with mass media and players in the sports machine. Author Tuohy backs these charges with an explicitly-cited history of backroom dealings in football, baseball, basketball, hockey and car racing. The Fix Is In provides the shadow history of the sports world, and the way it interacts with media and gambling operations.

The Fix Is In

The Deutsche Bank Building Fire Conspiracy

Author: J. A. Graffagnino

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1524618837

Category: Political Science

Page: 338

View: 8236

Finally, the truth is revealed about Manhattans Deutsche Bank building fire. The devastating fire at 130 Liberty Street in the heart of Manhattans financial center a short distance from what was the World Trade Center was one of the worst fires in New York Citys history. Two firefighters were killed, and 105 were injured. One of the firefighters killed during the horrific fire was author Graffagninos son, Joey. Graffagnino refused to believe what high-level government decision makers were telling the public that the fire was an accident. After eight years of relentless research in pursuit of the truth combing through public records and interviewing firefighters on the scene, government officials, informed observers, whistleblowers and eyewitnesses Graffagnino uncovered the truth. The horrific seven-alarm Deutsche Bank building fire was no accident. And all efforts to quell the raging inferno were in vain. The Fix Is In is not based upon a conspiracy theory, opinion or undocumented rumors, but confirmed facts. Graffagnino places blame where it belongs and exposes the people who benefited from the catastrophe. Find out for yourself. Discover the disturbing truth about a calculated and complex conspiracy involving top governmental agencies, corporate leaders and organized crime figures. The Deutsche Bank fire was preventable, said FDNY Captain Simon Ressner. Preventive measures were deliberately sidestepped in the name of ambition and in the name of money.

It's a Whole New Ballgame

How Social Media is Changing Sports

Author: Jimmy Sanderson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781612890531

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 121

View: 2533

Social media applications, such as Facebook and Twitter, are dramatically changing the sports world. These changes have appeared in a very short period of time, creating a host of implications for sports media processes and sports organizations as they grapple with athletes' use of these media channels. This book chronicles social media's rapid rise in vecoming a powerful player in the sports industry and drews upon relevant examples involving athletes and sprots organizations to demonstrate both the positive and problematic consequences that social medial has created for athletes and sports organizations

The Whistleblower

Rooting for the Ref in the High-Stakes World of College Basketball

Author: Bob Katz

Publisher: ForeEdge from University Press of New England

ISBN: 161168451X

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 232

View: 7915

During a season on the road with college basketball referees, Bob Katz watched the games they officiated, listened in on their candid conversations in locker rooms and hotel lobbies, and explored the challenges they must regularly confront. In thisÊportrait of one consummate professional at the top of his game, KatzÊpulls off an unbelievable feat: InÊThe Whistleblower, we come to actually root for the ref. Ed Hightower, raised in poverty in the segregated rural South, went on to become superintendent of schools in Edwardsville, Illinois. But it is his side-career as an elite NCAA referee (4 NCAA Championship games, 12 Final Fours) that has earned him renown-which in the eyes of angry coaches and hostile fans is a far cry from affection. Alone among thousands in the stadium and millions watching at home, the ref's goal is fairness and neutrality. He truly does not care who wins or loses. His passion toÊdo the right thingÊon the court is shaped by character and training and a rare kind of honor. InÊThe Whistleblower, the fascinating yet nearly unknown role of the referee is artfully revealed by a writer of talent.

The Fix Is Still In

Corruption and Conspiracies the Pro Sports Leagues Don't Want You to Know About

Author: Brian Tuohy

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781627310772

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 256

View: 3136

In this long-anticipated sequel to his jarring takedown of professional sports, The Fix Is In, internationally recognized game fixing expert and scholarly authority Brian Tuohy further reveals the truths all sports fans need to know. Based on dedicated research and previously unreleased FBI files, each chapter exposes sports in a manner none of the major leagues' broadcast partners would dare attempt. No sport or league is spared as Tuohy rips through not only the likes of the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and NASCAR, but also the PGA, UFC, eSports, horse racing, boxing, and both NCAA football and basketball. Along the way, championships are revealed as frauds, referees are exposed as accomplices, and legends are demolished. No sports fans should watch another game until they read this book and understand what truly is being presented as "pure" in America's professional sports leagues.The sports entertainment complex generates 73 billion dollars per year for owners, players, investors, and advertisers. With that much money at stake, do you really think that the sports profiteers are leaving anything to chance? Brian Touhy, the renegade expert sports watchdog, has once again gathered the facts and figures that expose the abject, greedy collusion of professional sports leagues. Anything goes as long as the fans keep buying tickets and merchandise! Touhy's first book, The Fix Is In: The Showbiz Manipulations of the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, and NASCAR, blew open the doors on modern sports fixing. It's a decade later, and the fixers are bolder than ever. Kayfabe, a term used by professional wrestlers to describe the artifice and fakery specific to their craft, has applications far beyond that realm"as is evidenced by the New York Times using it to describe soccer great Neymar da Silva Santos rolling around the pitch in exaggerated pain. Have professional sports given up all pretense of pure chance and competition? The Fix is Still In demonstrates that from tax-funded stadiums to staged hockey fights, sports in America is the surest way to separate you from your money.

How We Can Save Sports

A Game Plan

Author: Ken Reed

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442242655

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 220

View: 5128

From disturbing new research on concussions to publicly-financed stadiums that benefit wealthy team owners, Ken Reed argues that much of our sports culture is broken, driven by win-at-all-costs and profit-at-all-costs values and policies. Reed outlines the most pressing challenges in sports today and offers practical solutions for change.

Juiced

Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big

Author: Jose Canseco

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0060746416

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 4609

When Jose Canseco burst into the Major Leagues in the 1980s, he changed the sport -- in more ways than one. No player before him possessed his mixture of speed and power, which allowed him to become the first man in history to belt more than forty home runs and swipe more than forty bases in the same season. He won Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Player, and a World Series ring. Canseco shattered the mold of the out-of-shape baseball player and ushered in a new era of superathletes who looked like bodybuilders, made outrageous salaries, and enjoyed rock-star lifestyles. And the ticket for this ride? Steroids. Behind the gaudy stats and the glamour of his public life, Canseco cultivated a secret just about everyone in MLB knew about, one that would alter the game of baseball and the way we view our heroes forever. Canseco made himself a guinea pig of the performance-enhancing drugs that were only just beginning to infiltrate the American underground. Anabolic steroids, human growth hormones -- Canseco mixed, matched, and experimented to such a degree that he became known throughout the league as "The Chemist." He passed his knowledge on to trainers and fellow players, and before long, performance-enhancing drugs were running rampant throughout Major League Baseball. Sluggers scooping up pitches at their ankles and blasting them out of the park, pitchers cranking fastballs inning after inning -- Canseco showed the players how to customize their doses to sculpt the bodies they wanted, and baseball as we know it was the result. Today, this issue has crept out of the closet and burst into the headlines as players balloon to herculean proportions and hundred-year-old records are not only broken, but also demolished. In this shocking memoir, Canseco sheds light on a life of dizzying highs and debilitating lows, provides the answers to questions about steroids that millions of fans are only now beginning to ask -- and suggests that, far from being a passing trend, the steroid revolution is only a taste of things to come. Who's juiced? According to Canseco's authoritative account, more than you think. And baseball will never be the same.

Routledge Companion to Sports History

Author: S. W. Pope,John Nauright

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135978123

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 672

View: 3461

The field of sports history is no longer a fledgling area of study. There is a great vitality in the field and it has matured dramatically over the past decade. Reflecting changes to traditional approaches, sport historians need now to engage with contemporary debates about history, to be encouraged to position themselves and their methodologies in relation to current epistemological issues, and to promote the importance of reflecting on the literary or poetic dimensions of producing history. These contemporary developments, along with a wealth of international research from a range of theoretical perspectives, provide the backdrop to the new Routledge Companion to Sports History. This book provides a comprehensive guide to the international field of sports history as it has developed as an academic area of study. Readers are guided through the development of the field across a range of thematic and geographical contexts and are introduced to the latest cutting edge approaches within the field. Including contributions from many of the world’s leading sports historians, the Routledge Companion to Sports History is the most important single volume for researchers and students in, and entering, the sports history field. It is an essential guide to contemporary research themes, to new ways of doing sports history, and to the theoretical and methodological foundations of this most fascinating of subjects.

Ruthless Tide

The Heroes and Villains of the Johnstown Flood, America’s Astonishing Gilded Age Disaster

Author: Al Roker

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062445529

Category: Nature

Page: 320

View: 6763

“Reads like a nail-biting thriller.” — Library Journal, starred review A gripping new history celebrating the remarkable heroes of the Johnstown Flood—the deadliest flood in U.S. history—from NBC host and legendary weather authority Al Roker Central Pennsylvania, May 31, 1889: After a deluge of rain—nearly a foot in less than twenty-four hours—swelled the Little Conemaugh River, panicked engineers watched helplessly as swiftly rising waters threatened to breach the South Fork dam, built to create a private lake for a fishing and hunting club that counted among its members Andrew Mellon, Henry Clay Frick, and Andrew Carnegie. Though the engineers telegraphed neighboring towns on this last morning in May warning of the impending danger, residents—factory workers and their families—remained in their homes, having grown used to false alarms. At 3:10 P.M., the dam gave way, releasing 20 million tons of water. Gathering speed as it flowed southwest, the deluge wiped out nearly everything in its path and picked up debris—trees, houses, animals—before reaching Johnstown, a vibrant steel town fourteen miles downstream. Traveling 40 miles an hour, with swells as high as 60 feet, the deadly floodwaters razed the mill town—home to 20,000 people—in minutes. The Great Flood, as it would come to be called, remains the deadliest in US history, killing more than 2,200 people and causing $17 million in damage. In Ruthless Tide, Al Roker follows an unforgettable cast of characters whose fates converged because of that tragic day, including John Parke, the engineer whose heroic efforts failed to save the dam; the robber barons whose fancy sport fishing resort was responsible for modifications that weakened the dam; and Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross, who spent five months in Johnstown leading one of the first organized disaster relief efforts in the United States. Weaving together their stories and those of many ordinary citizens whose lives were forever altered by the event, Ruthless Tide is testament to the power of the human spirit in times of tragedy and also a timely warning about the dangers of greed, inequality, neglected infrastructure, and the ferocious, uncontrollable power of nature.

501 Web Site Secrets

Unleash the Power of Google, Amazon, eBay and More

Author: Michael Miller

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0764568728

Category: Computers

Page: 432

View: 4094

Shows Internet users how to get the most out of Internet searches, portals, and commerce sites Covers using Google to solve mathematical equations, making search engines safe for kids, harnessing the full power of Yahoo!, and getting the best bargains on shopping sites Explains how to search for street addresses and phone numbers, stock quotes and other financial information, MP3s and other digital music, computer programs and utilities, medical information, legal information, genealogical information, job listings, and more Reveals the secrets behind directory sites, indexing, and search result rankings

Defeating Jihad

The Winnable War

Author: Sebastian Gorka

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1621575276

Category: Political Science

Page: 256

View: 2157

Now a New York Times bestseller! America is at war. The fight against global jihad has cost 7,000 American lives and almost $2 trillion, and yet, most Americans do not understand what is at stake. The public lacks knowledge and safety because two presidents and their administrations neglected the most basic strategic question: who is the enemy? Presidents Bush and Obama both named the global jihadi movement—a movement with an intent to destroy the West—“violent extremism.” Their tidy term was an attempt to maintain peace with the Muslim community. But when they failed to appropriately name the enemy, they failed to fully understand Islamic extremism. This failure is why the U.S. has been in Afghanistan for sixteen years with no end in sight. But this war is eminently winnable if we remove our ideological blinders, accurately name our enemy, and draw up a strategy to defeat the ideas that inspire terrorism. So says Dr. Sebastian Gorka, one of the most experienced and sought-after authorities on counterterrorism. Dr. Gorka has been one of the intelligence community’s go-to experts on counterterrorism since 9/11. He’s been called to brief Congress and the Marine Corps and was asked to analyze the Patriot’s Day Boston Marathon Bombing for the US government. Dr. Gorka’s report for the trial of Dzhokhar "Jahar" Tsarnaev was widely circulated in counterterrorism circles and the media because it accurately painted a picture, not of a teenager on the cover of Rolling Stone, but of a terrorist. Dr. Gorka is respected by peers because he understands our enemy is not "terror" or "violent extremism." Our enemy is the global jihadi movement, a modern totalitarian ideology rooted in the doctrines and martial history of Islam whose goals are to build an empire, suppress “false Muslims,” and engage in guerilla warfare against infidels. Taking his cue from the formerly top-secret analyses that shaped the U.S. response to the communist threat, Dr. Gorka has produced a compelling profile of the jihadi movement—its mind and motivation—and a plan to defeat it.

Gridiron Genius

A Master Class in Winning Championships and Building Dynasties in the NFL

Author: Michael Lombardi

Publisher: Crown Archetype

ISBN: 0525573836

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 288

View: 4504

Former NFL general manager and three-time Super Bowl winner Michael Lombardi reveals what makes football organizations tick at the championship level. From personnel to practice to game-day decisions that win titles, Lombardi shares what he learned working with coaching legends Bill Walsh of the 49ers, Al Davis of the Raiders, and Bill Belichick of the Patriots, among others, during his three decades in football. Why do some NFL franchises dominate year after year while others can never crack the code of success? For 30 years Michael Lombardi had a front-row seat and full access as three titans--Bill Walsh, Al Davis, and Bill Belichick--reinvented the game, turning it into a national obsession while piling up Super Bowl trophies. Now, in Gridiron Genius, Lombardi provides the blueprint that makes a successful organization click and win--and the mistakes unsuccessful organizations make that keep them on the losing side time and again. In reality, very few coaches understand the philosophies, attention to detail, and massive commitment that defined NFL juggernauts like the 49ers and the Patriots. The best organizations are not just employing players, they are building something bigger. Gridiron Genius will explain how the best leaders evaluate, acquire, and utilize personnel in ways other professional minds, football and otherwise, won't even contemplate. How do you know when to trade a player? How do you create a positive atmosphere when everyone is out to maximize his own paycheck? And why is the tight end like the knight on a chessboard? To some, game planning consists only of designing an attack for the next opponent. But Lombardi explains how the smartest leaders script everything: from an afternoon's special-teams practice to a season's playoff run to a decade-long organizational blueprint. Readers will delight in the Lombardi tour of an NFL weekend, including what really goes on during the game on and off the field and inside the headset. First stop: Belichick's Saturday night staff meeting, where he announces how the game will go the next day. Spoiler alert: He always nails it. Football dynasties are built through massive attention to detail and unwavering commitment. From how to build a team, to how to watch a game, to understanding the essential qualities of great leaders, Gridiron Genius gives football fans the knowledge to be the smartest person in the room every Sunday.