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Gaming The Game : The Inside Story of the NBA Betting Scandal and the Gambler Who Made It All Happen - Sean Patrick Griffin

Gaming The Game

The Inside Story of the NBA Betting Scandal and the Gambler Who Made It All Happen

Hardcover Published: 16th March 2011
ISBN: 9781569804445
Number Of Pages: 344

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Gaming the Game delves into the FBI investigation of illegal gambling involving former basketball referee, Tim Donaghy. The story examines Donaghy's relationships with professional gambler Jimmy Battista and Tommy Martino, the involvement of crime families in the scheme and the FBI's failed efforts to 'flip' Battista into a witness. Sean Patrick Griffin sheds new light to the scandal, helping to unravel this complex case, with a multitude of characters and organisations - all with their own motivations.

"Offers a fascinating look into the Donaghy scandal ... intriguing" Philadelphia Daily News "A book you can bet is worth reading... fascinating...a complete effort" - Delaware County (PA) Daily Times "An exhaustively researched book threatening to overturn some comfortable assumptions about the NBA's referee scandal ... [Gaming the Game] delivers the intrigue you'd expect from thrillerrime thriller." - ESPN.com's True Hoop "If you've ever wondered what the REAL story was behind Tim Donaghy and the NBA betting scandal, this is a must read...If you're interested in sports betting, you won't be able to put [Gaming the Game] down" - Bettors World "compelling [and] many leveled...the research behind Gaming the Game is impressive...Griffin's knowledge of the crime scene in and around Philadelphia illuminates Gaming the Game...He's a fluid, crisp writer and an A-1 historian of crime [who] combines an eye for human detail with the ability to convey broad social themes." -- Blogger News Network "[Griffin] straddles the line between academic and storyteller, cop and journalist...[Gaming the Game] will blow your mind." -Philadelphia Magazine "impeccably researched...insightful...[Griffin's] street-wise writing sounds anything but academic...After reading 'Gaming the Game,' you'll never watch an NBA contest the same way again." Las Vegas Review-Journal "a tremendous read...fascinating...gripping...a must read for any bettor serious about the global marketplace...by far the most believable [account of the NBA betting scandal]" -- Covers.com "compelling [and] many leveled...the research behind Gaming the Game is impressive...Griffin's knowledge of the crime scene in and around Philadelphia illuminates Gaming the Game...He's a fluid, crisp writer and an A-1 historian of crime [who] combines an eye for human detail with the ability to convey broad social themes."-- Blogger News Network "An outstanding read that might make you change the way you view professional sports." -- Beyond the Bets "A riveting story...fascinating...just a great book." -- Pregame.com "Griffin's investigation into big time gambling is fascinating...Highly Recommended" -- Gambling Book and News

Cast of Charactersp. xiii
Prologuep. xix
Humble Jimp. 1
Baba the Black Sheepp. 5
Taking His Lumpsp. 13
The Gambling Grocerp. 23
Eye of the Tigerp. 33
Sharpening Upp. 45
Go West, Black Sheepp. 63
Shady People in Sunny Placesp. 77
Parting Ways, Glory Daysp. 89
Standing on Top of the Sports Betting Worldp. 97
The Sharpsp. 113
There's Someone in Stripes on My Sidep. 127
Jimmy, Tommy, and Timmyp. 137
Trouble Shootingp. 153
The Harder They Fallp. 167
The Dancep. 177
Gambling Investigation Rocks NBAp. 187
The Dog Days of Summerp. 197
Former N.B.A. Referee Pleads Guiltyp. 207
What Charactersp. 219
Team Donaghy's Assault on Justicep. 237
An Hour to a Little Kid Is a Long Timep. 253
Epilogue: State of the Sheepp. 263
Appendix: NBA Scandal Betting Analysisp. 275
Source Notesp. 297
Glossary of Termsp. 309
Acknowledgmentsp. 315
Indexp. 321
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ISBN: 9781569804445
ISBN-10: 1569804443
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 16th March 2011
Publisher: Barricade Books Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.0  x 3.45
Weight (kg): 0.6
Edition Number: 1