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Gaming the Game: The Story of the NBA Betting Scandal and the Gambler Who Made It Happen [NOOK Book]

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In June 2007, the FBI informed the NBA that one of its referees, Tim Donaghy, was the subject of a probe into illegal gambling. Within months, the public knew the broad outlines of a scheme involving Donaghy betting on games he officiated with a co-conspirator, longtime Donaghy acquaintance and professional gambler Jimmy Baba Battista. They were joined in the scandal by a mutual childhood friend, Tommy Martino. By November 2008, each man had pleaded guilty to charges relating to the conspiracy, and was in federal...
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Gaming the Game: The Story of the NBA Betting Scandal and the Gambler Who Made It Happen

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Overview

In June 2007, the FBI informed the NBA that one of its referees, Tim Donaghy, was the subject of a probe into illegal gambling. Within months, the public knew the broad outlines of a scheme involving Donaghy betting on games he officiated with a co-conspirator, longtime Donaghy acquaintance and professional gambler Jimmy Baba Battista. They were joined in the scandal by a mutual childhood friend, Tommy Martino. By November 2008, each man had pleaded guilty to charges relating to the conspiracy, and was in federal prison. The story was over. Or so it seemed to be. Researched with dozens of interviews, court documents, betting records, referee statistics, and unique access to witness statements and confidential law enforcement files, GAMING THE GAME looks inside the FBI's investigation and beyond to provide the definitive account of the scandal. Jimmy Battista's remarkable decades-long bookmaking and betting career is examined, including and especially his role as architect of the widely publicized scandal. Battista, who - unlike his co-conspirators - never spoke with federal authorities, reveals for the first time the intricate details of the scheme, most of which only he knows.
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When the story broke in July 2007 that an NBA referee was involved in a point-shaving scandal, the news struck at the hearts of sports fans. Basketball refs make hundreds of decisions each game; even when we disagree with them, we assume they are honest. Gaming the Game goes beyond the FBI investigation into the lives of game-caller Jim Donaghy and professional gambler Jimmy "Baba" Battista, his co-conspirator and longtime friend. To ferret out the full story, Author Sean Patrick Griffin combines his talents as an investigative journalist with his Ph.D. training in criminal justice.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569804568
  • Publisher: Barricade Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/16/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 410,271
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Sean Patrick Griffin holds a PhD. and is Associate Professor in Criminal Justice at Penn State Abington. Griffin has received considerable attention for his work on African-American organized crime and is the author of the critically acclaimed Philadelphia's Black Mafia: A Social and Political History and Black Bros, Inc.: The Violent Rise and Fall of Philadelphia's Black Mafia on which BET based an episode of its American Gangster series in 2007. The author resides in Philadelphia, Pa.
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  • Posted February 27, 2011

    Outstanding!! Not what I was expecting - Must read

    I always thought Tim Donaghy was full of it. Now I know he is! The amount of time the author must have put into this is unbelievable. A MUST read if you're interested in the NBA scandal (or even in just a compelling story in general).

    I love how Tim Donaghy said, "The NBA doesn't want you to read my book" as if he was disclosing this damning information. If anything, Gaming the Game is the book on the scandal that the NBA should REALLY fear. Anyone who reads this book has to realize that Donaghy fixed games and the NBA did little to discover his scheming.

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