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NBA ruled 'victim' of Donaghy scandal

Posted on: August 12, 2009 9:25 pm
Edited on: August 13, 2009 10:38 am
Finally, some good economic news for the NBA.

A federal appeals court on Wednesday rejected a claim by one of Tim Donaghy's co-conspirators, James Battista, and ruled that the NBA can be considered a victim for restitution purposes as a result of the betting scandal that rocked the league to its foundation.

Battista, 43, who conspired with Donaghy to get inside information for gambling purposes, was the only defendant to challenge the order by U.S. District Judge Carol B. Amon that they pay more than $200,000 in restitution to the league. Battista and Donaghy, who refereed NBA games for 13 years before resigning in 2007 amid the gambling probe, are serving 15-month prison terms. A third conspirator, Thomas Martino, was sentenced to one year.

Battista's actions harmed the NBA, which also can be reimbursed for legal fees that resulted from the probe, ruled a three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York. The ruling was reported by the New York Law Journal.

Now, if only the court could do anything about the Bobcats' attendance.

For all intents and purposes, the ruling closes the legal book on one of the ugliest periods in NBA history. Revelations that Donaghy had shared confidential information with gamblers and also wagered on games he officiated rocked the sport and prompted sweeping changes in how referees are screened, trained, and monitored. An investigation commissioned by the NBA and led by former federal prosecutor Lawrence Pedowitz uncovered no evidence that other referees were involved in wagering on games or game-fixing. But the stigma from Donaghy's crimes has lingered, with suspicions and conspiracy theories always percolating whenever there's a controversial call or poorly officiated game.

So while the law books may be closed on the matter of United States v. Timothy Donaghy, the league's battle to vindicate its referees is always and forever a work in progress.


Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2009 5:51 am

NBA ruled 'victim' of Donaghy scandal

Refs and umps are either incompetent or corrupt! Who needs them?

Since: Aug 26, 2009
Posted on: August 27, 2009 8:45 am

NBA ruled 'victim' of Donaghy scandal


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Since: Aug 22, 2008
Posted on: August 14, 2009 9:53 am

NBA ruled 'victim' of Donaghy scandal

I don't see where crappy officiating means the fix is in. That's a complete non-sequitar.

That said, the quality of NBA officiating does really suck. And the frequency in which the ego of the official plays a role in the outcome of games is just over the top. More than baseball.

But to say that lousy officiating must mean that illegal activty is rampant is really a stretch.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: August 14, 2009 9:25 am

NBA ruled 'victim' of Donaghy scandal

 I have found no one and I mean no one that can come close to showing a shred of evidence of conspiracy.

Dogteam. Yes you have. You have seen a couple of examples recently THAT PROVES conspiracy exists in a big way but what you're choosing to do is ignore it. When Donaghy got busted, his lawyers said there are a few other veteran NBA refs involved as well, but you choose to pretend they didn't say that or not believe them.  I was pretty sure at that time they would never release those names because he would have an impossible time proving it and would look like a guy that got busted making excuses which isn't looked up very nicely in court where he is being sentenced. The judge would say there is no remorse and that he is tainting the game and falsely accusing others for his own benefit. So he kept quiet. 

Did you see that game in the finals I was speaking of where Kobe decked somebody INTENTIONALLY with his elbow with his back the basket to take the gave over in the last minute and the ref STARING RIGHT AT IT.... ???  It was the biggest joke ever. It was not a judgement call. It was AT LEAST a flagrant foul and they lose the game. Instead, they take the lead and never look back.

You ignore whats happening out there all you want... keep doing exactly that. But be sure you understand one thing. Where there is massive money being passed around there is corruption. When I was young i was taught that by an uncle, father and friends and I used to argue with them all the time. But as an adult I know better..

It goes on everywhere... how many college football teams have been busted for "gifts" to recruits? How many times does a recruit's mother from the ghetto suddenly drive a new car with their son in college????  It's just how it is....

Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: August 13, 2009 10:01 pm

NBA ruled 'victim' of Donaghy scandal

Damn, the laughin stock of the sports world and yet you are still watching , still reading and still making ddumb-ass! Just saying, as long as you are doing this, Kobe will make his money! I love this game and as of yet, I have found no one and I mean no one that can come close to showing a shred of evidence of conspiracy. Like any job, with more than two or three people over the years there will be bad apples(they come from a society full of bad apples). But for those who believe as you do, it is a very simple solution.......STOP WATCHING, STOP GETTING YOUR ENTERTAINMENT from reading and commenting on these stories. I gurantee, you one thing, if you do this, I wont have to read anything as stupid as this comment!

Since: Dec 19, 2008
Posted on: August 13, 2009 5:03 pm

NBA ruled 'victim' of Donaghy scandal

I was referring to redwing on that last post

Since: Dec 19, 2008
Posted on: August 13, 2009 5:01 pm

NBA ruled 'victim' of Donaghy scandal

Some people may call you a conspiracy whacko for the opinion you lay down. I guess I must be one too, your point by point account of this is probably closer to the truth then the crititcs who disagree. The NBA is a mess and the scandals will come again, just give it time. Things like this can go on for years before someone is caught and more time then not they get away with it. We will see this again and it will be handled the same way. It will always be a isolated incident when this happens according to the league so the only thing a fan can do is lie back ad take it. Every foul call is the judgement of the official and the tempo of these games are determined by the calls. If a game is going the way the refs want when fixed, then they need to just do nothing. I could pull this off and I have never officiated a game in my life. Good post!   

Since: Aug 5, 2009
Posted on: August 13, 2009 2:06 pm

NBA ruled 'victim' of Donaghy scandal

i've been sayin its fixed for years! the NBA is a joke.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: August 13, 2009 1:33 pm

NBA ruled 'victim' of Donaghy scandal

hercher,, don't make fun of Mr Paranoid ,,, you should change your name to "mr naive" if you believe everything you read.  So you believe tons of NBA refs gambled in casinos which was against the rules but never sent somebody they knew into a sportsbook to take advantage of the knowledge and connections they have? Seriously dude???  And the ref Donaghy was speaking to via 3 different cell phones after every single fix was just a coincidence???????  

Believe what you want but I'll stick to my guns and believe what "mr paranoid" believes. This league is corrupt as hell.... and if you can't see that and if you don't KNOW that in your mind then you are naive as hell..

Since: Aug 3, 2007
Posted on: August 13, 2009 1:00 pm

NBA ruled 'victim' of Donaghy scandal

Mr. Paranoid -- I suspect your name is appropriate, because the Pedowitz report does not say precisely what you claim.  According to the report, "We have discovered no information suggesting that any NBA referee other than Tim Donaghy has bet on NBA games or leaked confidential NBA information to gamblers." It similarly suggested that allegations regarding Scott Foster's involvement were also meritless.  It did go on to say "that many referees engaged in other forms of gambling in violation" of league rules. The report specifically ruled out the notion that referees were betting on NBA games.

So Berger did not get it 100% wrong -- you did. I really wish people would actually read a source before citing it.

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