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.
Sean Patrick Griffin
Brand: Barricade Books
Used Book in Good Condition
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Good reading and a timely topic. I use it for the White Collar Crime class that I teach and the students like it.
Great book for a sports fan or a fan of mob movies like goodfellas.
Read this book on vacation and couldn't put it down. The author does a good job of telling us Jimmy's story, how and why he got into sports betting, and the entire Tim Donaghy saga.
At parts the book is somewhat repetitive, but it's all worth it to get to the Donaghy saga.
Gaming the Game is thoroughly researched. And the material is fascinating. However, the writing is very stiff, and, in the end, the sheer density of the information and language overwhelms the story and the characters. I recommend this book for academics . If you are a more casual reader, there are other books about the sports gambling world that I would recommend. Consider "Lay the Favorite," by Beth Raymer, or "The Odds" by Chad Millman.
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