NBA Referee Tim Donaghy - Strong Evid...

NBA Referee Tim Donaghy - Strong Evidence of Game-Fixing

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Since: May 08

Las Vegas, Nevada

#1 May 18, 2008
My reporting on this matter

has been picked up across the national media, just today at DeadSpin:

But a key issue is being missed:

Now consider what must be believed in order to conclude that Tim Donaghy did not fix the games that he both officiated and bet on: first, that a person troubled enough to provide inside information to criminals was able to referee games in which he had a financial interest in the outcome without any bias. We also must believe that information alone allowed big bettors to beat Las Vegas 15 straight times. And finally we must believe that Donaghy becoming a much more active referee his final two years is a mere coincidence rather than evidence of an effort to increase his influence on games.

What do you guys think?

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Since: May 08

Las Vegas, Nevada

#2 May 18, 2008
Tim Donaghy officiating style statistically changed during the 2005/06 and 06/07 seasons. During the two years prior (i.e., 03/04 and 04/05) he called significantly less fouls than the average NBA referee (his games scored more than Las Vegas expected only 44% of the time). During his last two seasons he called significantly more fouls than average (his games scored more than Las Vegas expected 57% of the time). The odds of this change happening randomly are approximately 19 to 1.

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Since: May 08

Las Vegas, Nevada

#3 May 20, 2008
Now even more info on a widespread scandal!

Sacramento, CA

#4 Jun 12, 2008

As a fan, frustrated yet seeking real justice, I would like to propose a three-step solution in this regard.

Step one.

Take the game six video-tape and have the three refs of the game sit down at a table, in an open (C-Span style) press conference. Each referee will have a monitor in front of them replaying the game- while on the sides of the room large monitors will play the same video for the press.

Step two. Everyone watches while the refs give their shpeel, defending every call or non-call throughout the game.*Important - The press can not interfere or ask questions until after the game.

Step three - Open it up to press discussion - while a moderator controls the video to aid review of any area in question.

In other words, if David Stern wants to stand by the outrageous officiating of game 6 in 2002, then let him stand by it, and send his boys in there to do the same. I do not agree with Marcos Brenton's (SACBEE 6/12/08) assertion that complaining should be immediately recognized as "whining," and I do not fear the labels of conspiracy theorist or whiner. Because it is not the whiner who is propelled to positive action, and who demands justice. It is precisely the whiner who does nothing, demands nothing and is as easily forgotten as he/she is dismissed. NBA fans who truly love this game, should therefore demand justice and restitution in this regard. As fans, while our very love and loyalty wavers, should we expect no less? The NBA should be thankful to have such fans!
And finally, to make my point. Let us look to last year's Superbowl in the NFL. Nationwide sports fans witnessed the triumph of an underdog, and more importantly saw fruition in a team who knew how to dream and believe. When this championship occurred, while many in Boston were dismayed, many more nationwide were enlivened and engaged. It was (to coin an oxymoron) a very real, magical event. This is what is at stake, to know that a similar dream in Sacramento, was tarnished by the greed and self-motivated interests of a higher authority is simply not acceptable, unsportsmen-like and un-American and unfair. We as sports fans, as dreamers and believers, should demand no less. Let's get it done.


Justin P. Nash

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