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Overview

The media has often speculated and sports fans have debated, but until now no one has known the real story. Personal Foul takes an in-depth look at former NBA referee Tim Donaghy and the betting scandal that rocked professional basketball. This is the decisive book that reveals exactly what was done and how it all happened. Which games were affected and how? Did referees target particular players or teams? Just how much did the NBA know and when? How did the mafia get involved? The book answers all of these questions and more. Thrilling and poignant, Personal Foul takes readers on the journey of one man wrestling his own demons and shines a light on a culture of gambling and "directive" officiating in the NBA that promises to change the way sports fans view the game forever. The book also includes a foreword by Phil Scala, the FBI Special Agent who worked the Gambino case.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615306032
  • Publisher: VTi-Group, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/27/2009
  • Pages: 270
  • Product dimensions: 0.61 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in Havertown Pennsylvania, Tim Donaghy loved the game of basketball ever since he could remember. He received his love for the game from his father Gerry Donaghy, who had officiated at high school and collegiate level games for over thirty years. Since he lived so close to Philadelphia, he naturally became a 76ers fan. Some of his favorite players were Doug Collins and Mike Dunleavy. Donaghy graduated from Villanova University with a liberal arts degree in 1989.

Although Donaghy had a degree after his graduation, he became unsatisfied with the direction in which his career was headed. One night while sitting at the kitchen table with his parents, his mother suggested that he look into a career in the NBA. It was all the motivation that he needed, and began to pursue his new found dream job. Later as Tim Donaghy perfected his skills as a referee through training camps, he was noticed by the NBA supervisor of officials Darell Garretson. This eventually led to Tim Donaghy’s start in the CBA, the NBA’s official minor league. He officiated for three years in the CBA. Before his fourth year Donaghy was called to officiate in the NBA.

Tim Donaghy worked as an NBA referee for 13 seasons. During his career in the NBA, Donaghy officiated in 772 regular season games and 20 playoff games. Donaghy was also a participant in the NBA's Read to Achieve program, for which he participated in an event at the Universal Charter school during the 2002 NBA Finals.

Donaghy resigned from the league on July 9, 2007[5] before reports of an investigation by the FBI for allegations that he bet on games. On August 15, 2007, Donaghy plead guilty to two federal charges related to the investigation. Donaghy was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison on July 29, 2008. He was released on November 4, 2009 after serving out his sentence.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2009

    Great read

    This book should be read by every young adult. This will show the power of choices, I tip my hat to Donaghy for admitting his poor choices and trying to do the right thing. This guy has been through hell, the NBA, his ex wife and the media tried to bury him but he is still standing. I wish him the best of luck with his second chance in life, he paid his price.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 25, 2009

    A lesson to be learned

    This book shows how quickly we can lose the important things in our lives due to poor choices and our disregard for basic ethics and morality. The NBA breeds corruption in its players, coaches and referees.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2010

    This is a great book.

    I learned how devasting gambling addiction can be. It revealed many facts about the favortism in the NBA that I always suspected. I enjoyed the whole book and could not stop reading it.

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