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Boston College point-shaving scandal portrayed in upcoming 30 for 30


Boston College Point Shaving Scandal February 16, 1981 X 23558 credit: Lane Stewart - staff

Lane Stewart

The latest batch of 30 for 30 documentaries were announced last week, and there is one, specifically, that college basketball fans are going to want to keep an eye on.

Playing for the Mob”.

Here’s the basis of the story: during the 1978-1979 season, Boston College’s basketball team got caught up in a point-shaving scandal, which in and of itself is a fascinating enough story to be worth telling. But the kicker is that Henry Hill, who was made famous by the movie ‘Goodfellas’, in which Ray Liotta portrayed him, was one of the mobsters that was tied up in the scandal.

The story never made it to the big screen, but it will be broadcast on October 7th, which should make for must-see TV for, well, just about anyone. It’s the first time that the story will be told, on film, by both sides, as the filmakers not only were able to get an interview with Hill on camera before he passed away, they also interviewed BC player Jim Sweeney.

This story has been told before, in a long article published in 1981 by Sports Illustrated.

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