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How former ref Tim Donaghy conspired to fix NBA games

James”Jimmy””Bah-Bah””The Sheep” Battista was a stressed-out, overweight, Oxy-addicted 41-year-old, at the pit to a underground gamblers for amounts he’d kind of lost track of, even when he settled in to watch an NBA game for which he thought he’d just put in the correct. It was January 2007. A month or so back, long before Christmas, he’d done something adventuresome: He had sat down and cut a deal with an NBA referee. He feared the scheme had become too obvious.
“You wanna get paid?” Battista had said to the ref. “Then you have ta cover the f–ing spread.” The bribe was only two dimes, $2,000 per game — an outrageous deal. If the choice won, the ref got his two dimes. If the pick missed, then the ref owed nothing; Battista would eat the reduction. A”free roster,” as they call it. But this referee did not lose much. His picks were winning in an 88% clip, entirely unheard of in sports betting for any sustained period of time. They’re now entering the first week of this scheme — what you might call a sustained period of time.
Battista had known the ref, Timmy Donaghy, for 25 decades. They’d gone to the exact same parochial high school at the working-class Catholic areas of Delaware County, just outside Philadelphia — Delco, as it is sometimes called — where the sports bars are plentiful, where a certain easy familiarity with forms of gambling prevails, where men have bookies like they have got dentists.
Battista was a monster of the world. He was what’s known as a mover. Strictly speaking, movers are gamblers nor bookmakers. They are a species of agent that supplies services to sports bettors, putting down wagers on their clients’ behalf with bookmakers of various types around the Earth, lawful and not. Battista was positioned well enough in that world that, without Donaghy’s knowledge but based on Donaghy’s picks, he had helped set up a kind of loose, disorderly hedge fund. Several people from the sports-betting underworld had, in consequence, staked Battista a basketball — a fund he was now using to bet on games officiated with this one NBA referee. 1 member of this team called it”the ticket” and”the corporation.”

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