Investigative journalist Brett Forrest delves deep into the seedy world of match-fixing and its grip on the world's most popular sport.
The Big Fix Book Summary
Tales of corruption in soccer are so par for the course that they're practically woven into the fabric of the planet's most popular sport. ESPN journo Brett Forrest has elected to delve deep into the nasty practice of match-fixing (plus so much more) that's tainted the reputation of the beautiful game.
Forrest's journey in The Big Fix takes him into the seedier side of the $700 billion international soccer betting market. We're taken into this investigation via the quest of Chris Eaton (FIFA's former head of security) to clean up the sport and reduce the grip match-fixing has on the sport. Eaton's journey places a spotlight on fixers and their backers, while also shedding a bright light on bribes fake matches and other shady practices.
To connect with the book, the reader will have to buy into Forrest's focus on Eaton. Blessedly, that's not a difficult thing to ask for. Eaton's background offers some fascinating insight, plus The Big Fix digs into subjects with a bit of salaciousness to them. (The level of access obtained is certainly noteworthy as well.) The details presented in this offering benefit strongly from not being cranked out with academic dullness. Heck, occasionally it dips into feeling more like a thriller than an expose.
Considering FIFA's latest bout of scandal shame, The Big Fix crackles with relevancy in 2015. A compelling read that's enthralling, thought-provoking, disconcerting, and incredibly informative all at once.