"That was the worst fix in the history of fixing games. How can you have a fix and go broke or lose $10,000 or $20,000? What kind of fix is that?" - gambler Paul Mazzei, one of five men convicted in the Boston College point-shaving scandal of 1978-79, in the upcoming 30 for 30 film: "Playing for the Mob" (9 p.m., Tuesday, ESPN).
The Boston College point-shaving scandal was a sensational story that went as viral as it could in the early 1980s. It had all the sexy storylines: the mob, a rat, gambling and athletes on the take. Hollywood great Martin Scorsese framed his 1990 classic "Goodfellas" on the gangsters involved. But, 35 years later, some still wonder who was really in on the fix.
Joe Lavine, an award-winning documentarian and director of "Playing for the Mob," first learned of the Boston College scandal from a Sports Illustrated cover story exposing the scheme in February 1981. It fascinated the young filmmaker, who had grown up in Trenton, New Jersey, reading about one of the players implicated, a star high school athlete named Jim Sweeney.
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