How former ref Tim Donaghy conspired to fix NBA games

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  • Postado em 24 de julho, 2019

    James”Jimmy””Bah-Bah””The Sheep” Battista was a stressed-out, obese, Oxy-addicted 41-year-old, in the pit to a underground gamblers for sums he’d kind of lost track of, when he settled in to watch an NBA game he thought he would simply put in the correct. It was January 2007. A month or so ago, long before Christmas, he’d done something adventuresome: He’d sat down and cut a deal with an NBA referee. Now he feared that the scheme had become overly obvious.
    “You wanna get paid?” Battista had stated to the ref. “Then you have ta pay the f–ing spread” The bribe was two dimes, $2,000 per match — an outrageous deal. If the pick won, the ref got his two dimes. If the pick missed, then the ref owed nothing; Battista would eat the loss. A”free roll,” as they call it. However, this referee didn’t lose much. His picks were winning in an 88 percent clip, entirely unheard of in sports gambling for any sustained period of time. They were now entering the sixth week of this scheme — what you could call a sustained period of time.
    Battista had known the ref, Timmy Donaghy, for 25 years. They’d gone to the exact same parochial high school at the suburban neighborhoods of Delaware County, just outside Philadelphia — Delco, since it is sometimes called — in which the sports pubs are abundant, where a particular easy familiarity with forms of betting prevails, where guys have bookies like they’ve got dentists.
    Battista was a creature of that world. He was what is known as a mover. Strictly speaking, movers are gamblers nor bookmakers. They’re a species of broker that supplies solutions to sports bettors, laying down wagers on their customers’ benefit with bookmakers of various types around the Earth, lawful and not. Battista was positioned well enough in that world that, without Donaghy’s understanding but predicated on Donaghy’s selections, he’d helped put up a kind of loose, disorderly hedge fund. Several individuals from the sports-betting underworld had, in consequence, staked Battista a basketball — a fund he was currently using to bet games officiated with this one NBA referee. One member of the group called it”the ticket” and”the company.”

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