Former Mob Captain Franzese to Speak on Dangers of Gambling
Posted: October 26, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
Intercollegiate Athletics will present an educational program for the Mason community featuring Michael Franzese, a former member of the Colombo crime family and author of “Quitting the Mob” and “Blood Covenant,” on Wednesday, Oct. 31, at 10 a.m. in the Johnson Center Cinema on the Fairfax Campus.
Franzese tours the country sharing his life story as the former “Prince of the Mafia” and discusses turning his back on the Mafia family and turning his life around. He also addresses the epidemic problem of gambling on college campuses around the country.
The former mob boss was the Mafia’s youngest and most financially powerful superstar, as well as the primary target of a 14-agency government task force. His operations in gambling, loan sharking and corporate crime made him the target of former New York federal prosecutor and mayor Rudy Giuliani. At the peak of his mob career, Franzese was making upwards of six to eight million dollars a week.
While in prison on racketeering charges, Franzese was approached by FBI agents to participate in a program to educate professional athletes about the dangers of gambling. He recorded a videotaped message that was presented to professional and collegiate athletes warning them about the danger of gambling and the impact it can ultimately have on their career.
Since then, Franzese has been a featured guest at the NBA and MLB rookie camps and has appeared on ESPN, Fox Sports and HBO Real Sports. He was recently a guest on the Jim Rome show (radio and TV), as well as NPR’s “All Things Considered,” Armed Forces Radio, CNN and Fox News.