Personal Foul

Personal Foul

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by Tim Donaghy
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780615362632
Publisher:
Clerisy Press
Publication date:
06/28/2010
Pages:
268
Sales rank:
486,464
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(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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MinTwinsNY 12 months ago
It was a scandal that rocked the sports world and made tabloids write some interesting headlines. When NBA referee Tim Donaghy was questioned by the FBI and later sent to prison for his involvement with organized crime while gambling on basketball games, it left the league scrambling to defend its reputation. Donaghy decided to write about his actions and how it led to his downfall after a successful career as an NBA referee. His book makes for some eye-opening reading. What is most striking about Donaghy’s information that he passed to members of crime families is how simple it was to obtain. Donaghy didn’t pour over advanced statistics or even analyze player matchups between the teams. He simply looked at who were the referees working a particular game and knowing that one of these officials may have a grudge against one of the coaches or players, he knew that one team might have a significant advantage It was also interesting to read about one common perception coming true. Many basketball fans, reporters, players and coaches have believed that superstar players usually receive favorable treatment and calls. Donaghy, through his years as an NBA referee, provides insight and information that confirms this belief through his interactions with players and fellow referees. He also speaks of the league directing its officials to help ensure that a playoff series goes longer and that the larger markets advance in the playoffs. As an example of the latter item, he uses the sixth game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Sacramento Kings in 2002 to show how the way a game is officiated can affect a lot more than just the final score. The mood of the book is not one of anger nor pity for Donaghy’s situation. He realizes his mistakes and knows that he has to pay the price through a prison term and in personal life. He doesn’t make excuses nor does he show much anger toward anyone else. While he did commit crimes, I found this memoir very interesting for the inside look at the world of basketball referees and just how much influence they have on the game. It is a book that all basketball fans will enjoy reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bought this book on the recommendation of a friend who knows what a HUGE NBA fan I am... Laughed when I actually remembered a number of the calls and incidents described in the book... One would almost feel sorry for Tim Donaghy for all that his gambling addiction cost him... His job, his family, lots of money and his reputation... It is obvious that what he says is true... Refs do control the game and can determine the eventual winner... Mr. Donaghy is also correct when he says that the Referees should not work for the NBA... That is akin to putting the fox in charge of the hen house... I find myself hoping that Mr. Donaghy can find the personal character to rebuild his life... I used to watch him ref a game and I honestly believe he was an honest ref... Too bad he couldn't keep his nose clean of a destructive gambling habit that went well beyond basketball...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For any NBA fan, this is the perfect book for you.  Former NBA referee, Tim Donaghy offers a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most powerful and success sports organizations in the world.  Aside from this, it is a great story about a good kid from Philadelphia who became an illegal gambler and prisoner.  Many problems are examined throughout this book, such as gambling issues and addiction, the overwhelming power of the NBA front office and referees, and one of the main things that is wrong with sports in today's world.  Be advised, as after reading this book you will not be able to watch an NBA game the same way.  After every foul is called, you will think of this book and whether the call was a legitimate foul, or if the referee that called it has a special relationship with one of the players/coaches in the game, or if the league advised them to call the game a specific way.  Overall, this book is extremely interesting and I would advise any sports fan with thick skin to read it, as it will give you a completely different perspective of your favorite sport.  I found the end of the book to be somewhat slow compared to the beginning and middle, which were filled with action and kept the audience on the edge of their seat.  The end was predictable, since most readers know that Donaghy got in huge trouble and lost his job from the scandal.  Despite this, it's still a must-read for anyone even remotely interested.
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