"[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
"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."
"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."
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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.
"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)
“A must read…Very interesting” – Pat Williams, Don Best TV
“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)
“A great book” – Tony Cap (Professional gambler/handicapper)
“Simply amazing…factual and authentic” – “Vegas Runner,” professional gambler and sports betting expert for Pregame.com
“A classic…riveting…read the book, you’re gonna love it” – “Philly Godfather,” professional gambler and host of “The Breakdown” program on 97.5 The Fanatic ESPN Radio (Philadelphia)
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