A First-Person Account of the Scandal that Rocked the NBA
|Author(s)||Tim Donaghy (timdonaghy.com)|
|Description||Tim Donaghy loved basketball. In many ways, his zest for the game came from his father, who officiated high school and college games for over thirty years. After graduating from Villanova, Donaghy was unsatisfied with his career until he followed his heart and became a basketball referee, first in the CBA and then the NBA, where he officiated for thirteen seasons—772 regular season games and twenty playoff games.
He loved his job, his family, his life. He felt like he had everything. And then, suddenly, he had nothing. He succumbed to a gambling addiction as well as to intimidation from well-connected criminals and began using inside information to win bets for them. Following an FBI investigation, Donaghy pled guilty to two federal charges, and on August 15, 2007, he was sentenced to fifteen months in prison. He was released on November 4, 2009, after serving his sentence.
You hold in your hands his story, which provides a stunningly candid admission of his mistakes as well as his insider's account of the world of professional basketball. With a foreword by the FBI Special Agent who the Gambino case, Personal Foul reveals how the fast life of professional sports can tempt and trap the unwary and unwise.
Donaghy has written an unforgettable page-turner, one of the most controversial sports books ever published. It will confirm your suspicions about the influence of the front offices of major league sports while examining the corrosive power of money, fame, and power.
|Dedication||"To my four beautiful daughters: Meghan, Shannon, Bridget, and Molly"|
|Book Dimensions||Width: 6.0″|
|Depth: 0.75″ (¾″)|
|Contents||Foreword, Introduction, thirteen (13) chapters, Afterword, Acknowledgements, Index|
|Book Design||iStockPhoto / toddtaulman|
|Published||June 29, 2010|
|Publisher||Four Daughters LLC|
|Copyright||© 2009 by Tim Donaghy|
|Book Format||Paperback, Kindle|
|Quoted Reviews||"The book the NBA doesn't want you to read." — Deadspin.com|
|Best Seller's List||--|
|Other||This book was originally published on November 2009, with Tim's photo on the front cover.|
|Previous title of the book was Blowing The Whistle: The Culture of Fraud in the NBA, published by Triumph Books in 2009.|
|According to USA Today, Donaghy received $1.3 million after suing the book publisher—Shawna Vercher of VTi Group, who published his book and refused to pay revenue generated from book sales, keeping/using the money for the company. This led to a breach of contract and theft. Donaghy, and the fellas he gambled with, owe $100,000+ in restitution to the NBA, and will be out of probation on Nov. 3, 2012.|
|Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data||1. Basketball—Betting—United States.|
|2. Basketball—Corrupt practices—United States.|
|3. National Basketball Association—Corrupt practices.|
|4. Donaghy, Tim.|
|5. Referees—United States.|
|LC Control Number||2009034248|
|LC Call Number||GV887.7.D66 2009|
|DDC Call Number||796.323´64—dc22|
"...It was the NBA that hired Donaghy despite numerous background checks. It was the NBA that let Donaghy officiate their highly sought after playoff games, even though they continually monitored his on- and off-the-court actions. It was the NBA that employed Donaghy for 13 years - and potentially more had the FBI not arrested him. It is the NBA that has an entire security division employed to monitor players, team officials, and referees in an attempt to stem any such criminal behavior. Yet the NBA did not catch Donaghy. In fact, his arrest came as a shock to the league. So who is lacking more credibility? Donaghy, or the league that employed - and would've continued to employ - him?
Before you answer that question, consider what Donaghy ultimately told the feds: That the NBA routinely instructed its referees to alter the outcomes of its games. Or, to put it more simply, the NBA is fixed."
—Brian Tuohy, author of The Fix Is In (Quoted from his article Tim Donaghy v. the NBA)