Follow the link for more information. NBA referee used his knowledge of relationships between referees, coaches, players and owners to bet on professional basketball games. On August 15, 2007, Donaghy pleaded guilty to two federal charges related to the investigation, and a year later he was sentenced to 15 months in prison and three years of supervised release. As a result, the general reaction by the media was that the NBA’s popularity would be hurt by the news of this scandal. The story first broke when the New York Post reported that the FBI was investigating allegations that an NBA referee had bet on games.
The day after the initial reports, NBA commissioner David Stern said that “no amount of effort, time or personnel is being spared to assist in this investigation, to bring to justice an individual who has betrayed the most sacred trust in professional sports, and to take the necessary steps to protect against this ever happening again. After the initial reports, Donaghy stayed at his home, before moving to a secure location to avoid the media scrutiny. He surrendered on August 15, 2007, and pleaded guilty to two felony charges of conspiracy. On June 11, 2008, Donaghy alleged in a statement through his lawyers that several series in the NBA Playoffs had been improperly refereed according to the NBA’s instructions. He alluded specifically to a playoff game where “personal fouls were ignored even when they occurred in full view of the referees” because “it was in the NBA’s interest to add another game to the series. On July 29, 2008, Donaghy was sentenced to 15 months in prison, and three years of supervised release. Although his lawyer asked for a probationary sentence, Donaghy admitted that he had “brought shame on myself, my family and the profession. Donaghy was released from federal prison on November 4, 2009.
Before being released he wrote a tell all book on himself and the NBA titled Personal Foul: A First-Person Account of the Scandal That Rocked the NBA. He is under supervised release by a federal parole-type officer. Immediately after the reports were released, several writers said that the NBA’s popularity would be hurt by the news. Bell, president of sports betting information site Pregame. Donaghy worked from 2003 to 2007. He discovered that during the two seasons investigated by the NBA, the teams involved scored more points than expected by the Las Vegas sports books 57 percent of the time. In the previous two seasons, this only happened 44 percent of the time. According to Bell, the odds of such a discrepancy are 1 in 1,000, and there was “a 99. Handicapper Brandon Lang told ESPN that it is fairly easy for a crooked sports official to fix a game, despite Stern’s insistence that Donaghy was a “rogue official”.
According to Lang, an official can directly influence the outcome of a game 75 percent of the time if he has money on the game. For instance, Lang said that a crooked NBA referee can fix the total score by calling enough fouls to get both teams in the bonus. As a result of the betting scandal, Stern revised the guidelines on the behavior of NBA referees during the Board of Governors’ meeting in 2007. Despite the labor agreement for referees, which restricted them from participating in almost all forms of gambling, it was revealed that about half of the NBA’s officials had made bets in casinos, albeit not with sportsbooks. Archived from the original on September 15, 2007. NBA Referee Accused Of Betting On Games”. Donaghy under investigation for betting on NBA games”.
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