Originally released June 23, 2011 but relevant once again after a lengthy espn.com piece last week, it's Host Gill Alexander's interview w Sean Patrick Griffin, Author, "Gaming the Game: The Story Behind the NBA Betting Scandal and the Gambler Who Made It Happen”.
From the time the NBA betting scandal was first reported in mid-2007 through the late 2009 release of the book from the referee at the center of it all, the media and public were transfixed by all things Tim Donaghy. But until the publication of “Gaming the Game”, there had been no examination of the true architect of the entire real life drama. Griffin joins Gill for a wide-ranging exchange about the central figure of the scandal, Jimmy “Baba” Battista, the many questions pertaining to the NBA and Las Vegas sportsbooks that still surround the saga, and whether it’s likely that similar improprieties exist throughout the sports world. Plus, Donaghy claims are debunked, on a classic edition of the Beating The Book podcast (February 25, 2019).