(and I'm not alone...)
I’m sure if you’ve made it to this website you have your own questions about the current state of what’s called “sports.” You probably also have concerns about the main stream media as well. What follows is my personal story of how these two entities can quiet a dissenting voice with very little effort. It’s not outright censorship. My work has not been banned. Heck, they even paid me to write for Sports On Earth (which, shockingly, was co-owned by MLB). What I’m about to discuss is what I call censorship by omission. In the realm of sports, to be publicized is to been seen, heard, or read in places like ESPN, Sports Illustrated, and Yahoo. But if those outlets refuse to assist in promoting one’s work, what is one left with?
After over four years of attempting to promote both The Fix Is In and Larceny Games, I am certain that the sports leagues and their media partners know about me and are consciously thwarting me.
This is a true documentation of what I’ve encountered. Some may see these snippets without the malice I attach to them. That’s fine. But I believe that the bulk of this points to something more at work that a constant “changing of the mind” from the producers and decision makers involved.
The troublesome aspect for me is not that I don’t get more radio airtime or sell more books. Far from it. The concerning part is that what I discuss is merely sports corruption which is something trivial within the bigger picture of life. Imagine what is happening to people out there with more important stories to tell. Who is preventing them from getting the deserved media attention? What vital information are we all missing because the main stream media is suppressing these people? Consider that as you read through the rest of this piece.
In certain places, I will not name the names of those involved for my own reasons.
Prior to the publication of The Fix Is In, ESPN sent writer Patrick Hruby to interview me for a written piece about sports conspiracies. He flew from the East Coast to my home in the Midwest, we chatted, ESPN bought me a meal, and he flew back home. In fact, he flew to several places and interviewed a multitude of people in relation to this subject—all on ESPN’s dime. Then ESPN did something Hruby never encountered before: they refused to publish the piece. Ultimately, he left ESPN and began writing for other sports outlets. After three years, the piece was finally released though not by ESPN. What spooked them? Read it here and see if you can find anything of note for yourself.
Strangely, just after the publication of Larceny Games (Sept. 2013), I was interviewed by a writer from Sports Illustrated (more on them in a bit) for an article also about sports conspiracies. This writer and I chatter for over an hour, and he related how he was “under the gun” to get this piece wrapped up and to his editor for publication. To date, no such piece has been released, and the couple of email inquiries to this writer about it have gone unanswered.
ESPN the Magazine would then see the release of an entire issue devoted to sports conspiracy. Despite the fact that I’m pretty much the only one out there writing and discussing this subject matter, no one from the magazine contacted me regarding any of the pieces in their issue. I find this odd considering I receive emails all the time from people who tell me they found my site by Googling “sports conspiracies” or “sports are fixed.”
In the wake of Larceny Games release, I was again contacted by a different host from ESPN Chicago. We scheduled at least three interviews, yet every time my interview was going to air, "something came up" and was canceled. To date, ESPN Chicago has not had me on any of their programs.
I found that odd because Versus touted the now defunct program as “conversations of controversial and out-of-bounds topics.” I believe The Fix Is In more than fit that description.
Yet they wouldn’t allow me to appear once the true nature of the book was uncovered.
To a certain extent, I can understand the want not to promote a so-called conspiracy theory as the one presented in The Fix Is In. However, with the release Larceny Games—which is undeniable fact based on both interviews with industry insiders and authentic FBI files—this perplexing attitude within the sports media remains.
To promote Larceny Games, my publisher successfully contacted many of the major sports media outlets, all of which asked for copies to review. This list included ESPN, HBO, Sports Illustrated and Yahoo Sports among others. Not one of these outlets has done anything in relation to my work.
Luckily, Gary Buiso at the NY Post wasn’t so skittish. He wrote a piece about Larceny Games focusing on the FBI file I uncovered relating to members of the Knicks shaving points for their cocaine dealer back in 1981-82. Amazingly, this story went viral. Also amazingly, the one sports media outlet that did not pick up this story was ESPN. Could that be because ESPN is the NBA’s number one financial contributor, or was the story really not that interesting?
While The Fix Is In was reviewed in the Wall Street Journal,
Larceny Games has not received any similar review and/or coverage anywhere. After seeing one two-page excerpt from the book go viral, I would've thought others
within the media world would take a chance and review it. I was wrong.
What’s also interesting about this media silence is that no one is even daring enough to cover my work in an extremely critical fashion. Reviews could be written to bash the book, my research, etc. Instead, it’s greeted with silence. Why? Because, as they say, “There is no such thing as bad publicity.” Reviewing the book negatively or having me on a program to discredit me still gets the word out to the public. Not all will agree with the reviewer or host. Some will pick up one of these books and see what’s inside for themselves.
But that can’t happen. My books, my research is a threat. It’s much better and safer to simply ignore my work than attempt to discredit it. That’s why I won’t be sued for what I write. A lawsuit would be great publicity, add to sales, and spread the word. No, it’s better to let me be. To shout from a street corner rather than a nationally syndicated radio show. To write on a lightly-visited website than to be read in Sports Illustrated [though that slightly changed thanks to my work with the Center for Investigative Reporting]. To post on YouTube rather than be a talking head on Outside The Lines.
I’m fine with that. Regardless of what they do (or don’t do) in relation to my work, I’ll keep doing it because I’m right. Games are being fixed by both organized crime and the leagues themselves (is there really a difference between the two?). And when that bubble finally bursts sometime in the near future, they won’t be able to silence it. Their censorship will ultimately fail.