Jim Sweeney (basketball)

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James Sweeney was a 1980 recipient of the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award as the United States' top collegiate basketball player under 6'0" tall. He was the captain of the Boston College Eagles. He was nominated by Boston College (BC) as a Rhodes Scholar candidate. Raised in Trenton, New Jersey, he attended the Lawrenceville School[1] before receiving an athletic scholarship to Boston College.

Sweeney testified as a witness in the 1978–79 Boston College basketball point shaving scandal in which members of organized crime schemed to control the outcomes of several games.[2] Sweeney was neither charged nor offered immunity in exchange for his testimony. Mobster Henry Hill dictated his version of the story in a February 1981 cover story in Sports Illustrated—further elaborated on in the 1990 film Goodfellas, based on Hill's life story.[3] Sweeney's part in the story was covered, without Hill's disproven spin, in David Porter's book FIXED: How Goodfellas Bought Boston College Basketball (2000) and the 2014 ESPN television documentary Playing for the Mob. After the ESPN program aired, Tampa Bay Times featured Jim Sweeney as one of the Top 10 Most Intriguing People of Tampa Bay 2014, for their fellow resident having displayed "little fear of the mob and no bitterness about getting caught up in a wise-guy point-shaving scheme."

Following his 1980 graduation from BC, Jim Sweeney played basketball briefly in Sweden. He returned to the U.S., married fellow BC classmate Maura (Haggerty) Sweeney in[4] 1981 and spent the following years as a manufacturer's rep in the computer industry. While still in his forties, Sweeney and his wife closed their computer firm to launch New Vision Entertainment, a Florida-based company focused on the development and promotion of entertainment properties that positively impact culture.

Creating a trademarked sports personality named MIKE (for "microphone"), Jim launched a series of MIKE Sports Comic Books[5] and regularly blogs under the same pen name. Jim's creative sports writing and reflections on his Boston College basketball past were covered in Forbes magazine.[6]

Sweeney continued to play basketball domestically and abroad through the masters basketball circuit. Jim and his wife have one daughter. The couple resides in Clearwater, Florida.



  1. ^ "Private School in NJ | Private Boarding & Day School | The Lawrenceville School". www.lawrenceville.org. Retrieved 2018-01-21.
  2. ^ Globe Staff (2014-03-15). "Key figures in the BC point shaving scandal". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2017-10-17.
  3. ^ Hill, Henry; Looney, Douglas S. (1981-02-16). "How I Put The Fix In". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2017-10-17.
  4. ^ EventTechHub, Piitchr at. "Maura Sweeney Author & International Keynote Speaker, United States, Florida, Clearwater | Piitchr @ EventTechHub". piitchr.com. Retrieved 2018-01-21.
  5. ^ "Amazon.com: jim sweeney: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle". www.amazon.com. Retrieved 2018-01-21.
  6. ^ Riper, Tom Van. "ESPN Looks Back On Boston College Point Shaving Scandal - And A Player Speaks Out". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-01-21.

Jim Sweeney continues to compete in U.S. and international masters basketball tournaments and serves as head of USA for FIMBA, the international masters basketball organization based out of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has been featured as an active, global masters athlete[1] in the January 14, 2018 on-line issue of Parade Magazine.

  1. ^ Hochwald, Lambeth. "Age Is Just a Number: 4 Inspiring Athletes Over 50". Parade. Retrieved 2018-01-21.
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