Some comments about my involvement with the ESPN piece and my work on the NBA betting scandal
This is the definitive account of how Tim Donaghy conspired to fix NBA games -- and how, in so doing, he unwittingly enriched an array of gamblers to the tune of likely hundreds of millions of dollars.
From the ESPN the Magazine article
The texts from friends and colleagues began within hours of “The Boardroom Issue” of ESPN the Magazine’s release in mid-February. Phone calls and emails soon followed joined by many more texts, and the correspondence only abated several days later: “Have you seen the article about Tim Donaghy/the NBA betting scandal? They stole your material/they didn’t give you enough credit!” The internet and social media are littered with a smattering of these sorts of reactions as well.
The never-before-told inside story of how Tim Donaghy conspired to fix NBA games. More today at 1pm ET on ESPN https://t.co/iL4ybfBWJr— Outside The Lines (@OTLonESPN) February 19, 2019
In 2007, NBA ref Tim Donaghy pleaded guilty to betting on games he officiated.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 19, 2019
It was never proved that he fixed them — until now: https://t.co/V24WzIgO7N
As someone actively engaged in public scholarship who routinely criticizes the media for poor reporting, I always feel obligated to assist persons who at least seem they’re taking the time to “get it right” (a glimpse of my CV will illustrate the dozens of media entities I have assisted hundreds of times the past 20+ years). Thus, I was glad to offer my insights and assistance when Scott reached out to me. Unfortunately, the results of such well-meaning and often time-consuming endeavors are not always satisfactory. In this case, beyond the factual and contextual errors, there is the issue of intellectual property. The reason so many people privately contacted me and others posted online (including a few media folks [please see immediately below]) is because not a thing of significance re the scandal offered in the article was new, and all of it was detailed far more extensively in Gaming the Game (predictably so – it’s a book, of course)."You wanna get paid? Then you gotta cover the f------ spread."— ESPN (@espn) February 19, 2019
This is the never-before-told inside story of how Tim Donaghy conspired to fix NBA games: https://t.co/6p4Tohv3vV
They did allude to it, but I felt like @spgauthor really didn't get his fair shake as being the guy who truly broke most of the details on this story... https://t.co/YEIR7UWOEz— Gill Alexander (@beatingthebook) February 20, 2019
Somewhere in our discussion, I determined that @TrueHoop is essentially the Carrie Mathison of NBA analysis. It'll make sense once you listen to the Full 48, I promise. Here's Henry on tanking, Donaghy, competitive balance and the state of the NBA union:https://t.co/co4mO6cTFp pic.twitter.com/hbPZqiPksm— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) March 1, 2019
Hey that's great, but the Battista-Donaghy-fixing story was laid out in thorough detail in the 2011 book Gaming The Game by @spgauthor: https://t.co/QPPObxphql https://t.co/fjMyy1ZtyR— M. Haubs (@mhaubs) February 19, 2019
Adding insult to injury, I was disappointed hearing Eden recently tell a radio audience the NBA betting scandal was “…this big story that never really got gigantic treatment. There was one very good book about the subject called Gaming the Game told largely from one of the guys’ perspectives, Jimmy Battista. But, otherwise, there were still these unsolved mysteries.” Each of the bolded aspects in that very brief quote is wildly inaccurate.
"[Griffin] straddles the line between academic and storyteller, cop and journalist...[Gaming the Game] will blow your mind."
"An exhaustively researched book threatening to overturn some
"Offers a fascinating look into the Donaghy scandal ... intriguing"
"[This] important new book ... offers a full picture of how
"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"
"A riveting story...fascinating...just a great book."
"Griffin's investigation into big time gambling is fascinating...
"A great read...Go pick up a copy of Gaming the Game" - Michael Barkann, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia /Sportsradio 94WIP
“An exhaustive study…The ultimate rejection of Tim Donaghy’s lies…I highly recommend you grab this book” – Dwight Jaynes, Comcast SportsNet Northwest
“Remarkable…A must-read, especially for NBA fans…Great research…Griffin does a great job of exposing Tim Donaghy…fascinating” – Chad Doing, “The Morning Sports Page” program on 95.5FM/750AM The Game (Portland)
“Outstanding…You’ve got to see this book…fascinating” – “Open Mic Daily” program on 97.1FM/1400AM ESPN Radio (Spartanburg)
“Heavily researched, heavily footnoted…The definitive book on the NBA betting scandal” – John Karalis (Red’s Army)
“Absurdly fascinating” – Isaac Ropp of the “Primetime with Isaac and Big Suke” program on1080 The Fan, ESPN Radio (Portland)
“Great stuff” – Dom Giordano, 1210 WPHT The Big Talker(Philadelphia)
“A terrific book…I enjoyed it immensely” – Joshua Halickman, “The Sports Rabbi”
“A fascinating read” – “The Opening Drive” program on Jox 94.5FM(Birmingham)
“I couldn’t put this book down” – Greg Rasheed, 88.5FM/1390AM KGNU (Boulder/Denver)
“A fantastic read…fascinating stuff” – Mike Richards, “The Mike Richards Show,” TSN Radio
“Very comprehensive” – Soren Petro,”The Program,” Sports Radio 810 WHB (Kansas City)
“Really interesting…well-researched…fascinating” – Adam Levitan (Metro columnist, Rotoworld NFL/NBA writer)
“I strongly urge people to go out and get this book…really fascinating stuff “ – Gill Alexander (“ The Betting Dork,” Pregame.com)
“Fascinating…well-written…illuminating” – Crime Beat
“Fascinating stuff” – “Prime Time Sports” program on SportsNet Radio 590 (Toronto)