Summary of “How former ref Tim Donaghy conspired to fix NBA games”

Jack ConcannonSuburban Philadelphia insurance salesman and friend of Donaghy who, in spring 2003, partnered with Donaghy to bet on NBA games that the referee was working.
The NBA conducted its own investigation and concluded that Donaghy did not fix games.
The research entailed interviews with more than 100 people, including current and former NBA referees, current and former NBA staff, gamblers, bookmakers, lawyers, law enforcement officials and friends and relatives of Donaghy.
Two years of reporting later, the story can now be told: 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.
Perhaps the greatest is this: that Donaghy was the ref who colluded with gamblers on NBA games for one disgraceful season.
A decade later, in the break room of the hair salon he worked in, Martino told me how it had gone: Martino had already known that their mutual buddy Tim Donaghy had been betting on his own NBA games with Concannon, and winning those bets.
Martino late at night on the phone with Donaghy, the pair having developed a nightly before-bed ritual: If Donaghy’s pick was a winner, if the spread had been covered, Martino calling the ref and whispering “Good boy,” and Donaghy echoing “Good boy” and then hanging up …. Donaghy calling two fouls 50 seconds apart against the 76ers’ leading scorer, Andre Iguodala, in the third quarter against Boston, with the score’s margin right on the spread. Iguodala heading to the bench; Boston covering the spread … Donaghy in Seattle, the Sonics hosting the Mavericks, calling 11 straight fouls against Seattle as well as the last foul of the night, with 23 seconds to go.
IN A STATEMENT to ESPN at the end of January, the NBA said: “To be clear, the Pedowitz team and the NBA performed substantial statistical and data-based analyses to determine whether Donaghy attempted to manipulate games he officiated. All of our efforts were focused on understanding precisely what he did and how he did it so we would be best equipped to protect the integrity of our games going forward.”

The orginal article.