Soccer, or football if you are from across the pond, is likely the world’s largest and most recognized organized sport. With such a wide reach, following and presence in the sports world, it is no secret that soccer is also one of the most commonly ‘fixed’ sports. The internationally best-selling journalistic expose ‘The Fix: Soccer and Organized Crime’ by Declan Hill takes a look at this very phenomenon, and it has just received an order to be adapted as a crime drama for television.
'The Fix' takes a detailed look at the business of soccer match fixing, with Hill at the helm of the investigation. Hill used his investigative journalist background to look into the gambling underworld, and what he discovered was an industry that funnels billions of dollars a year through wagers on the highest levels of soccer, including the Champions League and the FIFA World Cup tournaments.
The television drama based on the book will be produced by Ineffable Pictures CEO Raphael Kryszek and senior VP Jesse Israel. "Everyone knows that soccer is far and away the world's most popular sport. However, it wasn’t until I read Declan's book that I realized that the criminal aspect surrounding it might be even bigger," said Kryszek. "This will undoubtedly set the framework for a captivating piece of television."
Have you read 'The Fix: Soccer and Organized Crime'? Do you think it will translate well on television?