In , Donaghy, a longtime NBA referee, pleaded guilty to charges of wire fraud and to disclosing confidential information regarding NBA. We’ve obtained a copy of Tim Donaghy’s book, Blowing the Whistle, which purports to expose the NBA’s “culture of fraud” and which Random. Blowing the whistle: the culture of fraud in the NBA by Tim Donaghy; 3 editions; First published in ; Subjects: National Basketball.

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How much of officiating is a business in the NBA and beyond, and in what ways? Donaghy claims referees have accepted autographs, merchandise and meals from team coaches and managers.

I would definitely do it over again, and I saw how successful my dad was in whiistle, and I saw the friendships that he made through officiating and the fun that he actually had while working. Order by newest oldest recommendations.

This page was last edited on 13 Decemberat NBA rules prohibit gambling among referees, with the excep tion of off-season wagering at racetracks. Show 25 25 50 All. There’s no question that they have a certain degree of contempt toward Donaghy. Did you play on the baseball team there or not? So those guys were guys I wanted to be like. There definitely is their bunch of five or six guys that they tend to give everything to. I think when I got caught up in the big money golf matches and going to the casinos and betting on pro football, I think I should have not been involved in that, not crossed that line to where I was closer to the other line that I crossed.

Ex-referee Tim Donaghy blows whistle on NBA dirty secrets

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Retrieved from ” https: The New York Times. Ex-NBA referee Tim Donaghy told the feds two officials fixed the outcome of a playoff series – and that refs were told not to eject star players from games for fear of hurting ticket sales.

Pat Berdan, a senior consultant at Executive Prison Consultants and Donaghy’s liaison to the publisher, said that the decision not to publish the book came two weeks ago. He said it was the result of a threat of legal action by the NBA.

There definitely are favorite referees on the staff that get All-Star Games, extra All-Star Games, or better preseason games oversees or more playoff games.

How does your team measure up? And he came after me. Again, the only thing that I can talk about is what the officials had a part in. To help make this website better, to improve and personalize your experience and for advertising purposes, are you happy to accept cookies and other technologies?

Which QBs could be on the move in ? Referees who violate the policy can be fired. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Donaghy told the feds the league reprimanded a ref who disobeyed that edict in January by ejecting an unnamed star player from a game in the first quarter.

He was released from a federal prison in Pensacola, Fla. How much of your own fall do you think drew attention away from things that might still be going on or frankly things that the NBA might have known about? Loading comments… Trouble loading? Views Read Edit View history. It just opens another can of worms. Everything you need to know 18h Kevin Seifert. Donaghy said in a court filing that the blwing routinely encouraged refs to ring up bogus fouls to manipulate results, while discouraging them from calling technical fouls on star players.


So if we pulled back the curtain on the NBA, and looked behind it, how much of a role does the league play in helping teams bloowing fixing schedules or guaranteeing that certain teams make it to the playoffs and go far? So, for the most part everybody looks at it as it is a business, but we all looked at it also as it was a form of entertainment, and we needed to make sure that the players were able to be put on a stage and succeed.

How much of that happens off the whisttle, in terms of protecting the image and the blowinh of the game? Yeah, the Philly comes out sometimes, in this case in both donahgy you. The ex-ref is ready to give prosecutors the names of colleagues who allegedly had some involvement in gambling, according to ESPN Radio.

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So, when you start officiating, you hear about all of these guys, and you set your sights to be like them, which is to be very successful at the top level, so, if you go about doing it the right way and attend a lot of camps and get seen by the right people and pushed in the right direction, you can become successful. They just kind of tell us how to call the games.

There seems to be a strong connection between Philadelphia and basketball officiating. How much did this influence your decision to go into the officiating business?