NFL Game-Fixing Chronicle Among NYU Prof’s Resurrected Books

ForbiddenBookshelfLogoFive eBooks were chosen to kick off “Forbidden Bookshelf,” a new, ongoing series curated for Open Road Integrated Media by Mark Crispin Miller, a professor of media studies at NYU.

The idea to highlight squelched and lapsed tomes grew out of Miller’s frustration at being unable to find certain titles for assigned course work. Speaking with blogger Kevin Gosztola, Miller has highlighted the five launch titles, which include Dan E. Moldea’s Interference:

As Moldea summarized on Keith Olbermann’s sports program on ESPN, his book came out in 1989. He alleged that no fewer than 70 NFL games had been fixed, no fewer than 26 past and present NFL team owners had documented ties to illegal gambling or an organized crime syndicate and no fewer than 50 investigations had been killed as a result of a “sweetheart relationship.”

The New York Times, where he had once worked, came after him with a review from sportswriter Gerald Eskenazi that was filled with lies. It crudely misrepresented what his book revealed about the NFL and what it did not reveal. The review ultimately played a role in his paperback deal being canceled, bookstores refusing to display the book and copies of the book being returned to the publisher, according to Miller.

Another book in the news series details the experiences of American women who sought abortions before the historic Roe vs. Wade verdict. Read the rest of Gosztola’s blog item here.