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aZekuiS
10-29-2009, 12:26 AM
A handful of excerpts from David Stern's favorite book, Blowing the Whistle, by Tim Donaghy. (http://deadspin.com/5392067/excerpts-from-the-book-the-nba-doesnt-want-you-to-read)

excerpts include other gambling refs, star treatment, and personal fueds between players and refs.

interesting stuff.


oh yeah, David Stern blocked this book from being published.


"Somehow, the NBA got wind of the project and let Random House know in a threatening-type correspondence that they would object to the publication of such a book and they threatened that they would sue if they did go ahead and do that," said Berdan, who didn't see any letters from the NBA. "Random House considered that and ... just pulled the plug on it."

discuss.

Mr. NBA
10-29-2009, 12:27 AM
good book....

Trouble87
10-29-2009, 12:42 AM
Tim Donaghy has done enough to hurt the NBA... he needs to cut the **** and fade into obscurity

1-800-STFU
10-29-2009, 12:45 AM
Read the article and good stuff, none of it surprises me though.

Lakersfan2483
10-29-2009, 12:58 AM
None of the excerpts taken from the book are surprising. I have always questioned the integrity of the officials and David Stern in general. Not surprised about Bavetta either, you can tell he has an agenda whenever he is officiating a game.

smellsam44
10-29-2009, 02:00 AM
This the reason I don't watch the NBA. The refs are awful and need to be cleared away. We need new refs who aren't awful and don't call a damn foul every 2 seconds

ChiSox219
10-29-2009, 02:04 AM
This the reason I don't watch the NBA. The refs are awful and need to be cleared away. We need new refs who aren't awful and don't call a damn foul every 2 seconds

David Stern is the problem. He makes the league more entertaining to maximize revenue, just a step away from what the WWE does with wrestling.

smellsam44
10-29-2009, 02:12 AM
David Stern is the problem. He makes the league more entertaining to maximize revenue, just a step away from what the WWE does with wrestling.

And the only people who will watch that are the casual basketball or sports fans. The NBA should be trying to cater to its hardcore or it middlecore fans instead o catering to the lowest common denominator. This is why the NBA is doing so bad, Once Jordan left, all those casual basketball fans left, and now we're stuck with the NBA trying to hype up these stupid stars to try and regain that crowd. David, stick with the fans you already have, let the game become even better, I love basketball as a game, but there is too many things wrong with the NBA for me to watch it right now. Big Ten basketball is awesome to watch because it's 2 teams fighting and playing basketball the way it's supposed to be played.

MoBASS
10-29-2009, 02:33 PM
Honestly I'm shocked this thread hasn't gotten more action. Even though I'm not surprised by these allegations, it is sad to see them on paper.

Giants99
10-29-2009, 02:54 PM
Tim Donaghy has done enough to hurt the NBA... he needs to cut the **** and fade into obscurity


Your a Knicks fan. You should know the NBA is a complete joke. ie when they suspended all of our starters for no reason during games 6 and 7 in the series vs the Heat....

It's not even a fair league. It's completely favored towards some teams/players.

I stopped watching the NBA. It's not even a real sports league

BkOriginalOne
10-29-2009, 03:12 PM
I knew Javie didn't like AI, every game he reffed, AI was targeted.

The Kings V lakers and Suns Spurs were too obvious.

ChiSox219
10-29-2009, 03:15 PM
And the only people who will watch that are the casual basketball or sports fans. The NBA should be trying to cater to its hardcore or it middlecore fans instead o catering to the lowest common denominator. This is why the NBA is doing so bad, Once Jordan left, all those casual basketball fans left, and now we're stuck with the NBA trying to hype up these stupid stars to try and regain that crowd. David, stick with the fans you already have, let the game become even better, I love basketball as a game, but there is too many things wrong with the NBA for me to watch it right now. Big Ten basketball is awesome to watch because it's 2 teams fighting and playing basketball the way it's supposed to be played.

Being from a Big Ten school, I gotta say the last basketball game I want to watch is a B10 match up. I love defense, one of my favorite game ever was Game 7 of the 2005 Finals, in the big ten it's not tight man defense with help, it's zones with offensive players that are not capable of breaking the zone so instead you see teams shooting ~40% with little action in the paint.

I agree that "dumbing down" the game is wrong but Stern is trying to maximize profits so I understand it but still hate him for it.

Kdirt
10-29-2009, 03:23 PM
Your a Knicks fan. You should know the NBA is a complete joke. ie when they suspended all of our starters for no reason during games 6 and 7 in the series vs the Heat....

It's not even a fair league. It's completely favored towards some teams/players.

I stopped watching the NBA. It's not even a real sports league

stop complaining, David Stern gift wrapped Patrick Ewing to the Knicks.

Wilson
10-29-2009, 03:28 PM
What legal right does the league have to block the book? Even if they did sue the publisher, it's Donaghy who's making the claims, not the publisher. If they sued, there would have to be a legal investigation to find out whether Donaghy was lying or not.

penuch
10-29-2009, 03:35 PM
I feel like this is gonna be like Canseco's book in that when it first came out everybody just said the he was trying to tarnish the sport and make money and what not..... when it turned out that everything he said is completely true.

Well I would pretty much bet that most if not all of what Donaghy is saying is gonna be true, and the NBA is going to do everything they can to hide that. Its time to just sit back and let the **** storm begin!

MiamiHeat
10-29-2009, 03:42 PM
I'm not really shocked

TheKing23
10-29-2009, 03:45 PM
It really is disgraceful when you hear some of the things that went on, but as said before none of it is surprising... How many of the refs mentioned in that excerpt are still in the NBA?

Mr. Fluffi
10-29-2009, 04:10 PM
Not sold on that yet but if even half the things said in those excerpts are true, it's really really sad.

D Roses Bulls
10-29-2009, 04:13 PM
i believe this all went on. some of it makes so much sense, like the blazers-lakers series. i remember watching those games and it so looked fixed. i believe they did stuff like this

cwilson21
10-29-2009, 04:29 PM
Believe every word. ****ing dirty scumbags including that little ***** Stern.

aZekuiS
10-29-2009, 07:13 PM
reported by espn:


The NBA said Thursday it will review allegations reportedly made in a tell-all book written by former referee Tim Donaghy -- a book that was pulled before publication in the last two weeks.

Among the allegations reportedly made by Donaghy in the book "Blowing the Whistle: The Culture of Fraud in the NBA," Donaghy was able to bet on games based on information on the styles of officials and some of their relationships with certain players and teams.

Donaghy


"In 2008 Mr. Donaghy's allegations were thoroughly investigated by the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's Office," the NBA said in a statement on Thursday. "We are reassured that the U.S. Government completed its investigation finding that the only criminal conduct was that of Mr. Donaghy.

"We take any question regarding the integrity of our game extremely seriously. At the time Mr. Donaghy's crimes came to light, we appointed Lawrence B. Pedowitz, a former Chief of the Criminal Division in the U.S. Attorney's office of the Southern District of New York to lead a comprehensive independent review of the NBA's officiating program. Mr. Pedowitz's review revealed that the NBA's core values of neutrality and accountability were not compromised by anyone other than Mr. Donaghy.

"As with all allegations concerning the integrity of our officiating program, these latest assertions by Mr. Donaghy will be turned over to Mr. Pedowitz for a complete review."

Donaghy was sentenced to 15 months in prison last year after pleading guilty to conspiracy to engage in wire fraud and transmitting betting information through interstate commerce. At trial, he said he took thousands of dollars from a professional gambler in exchange for inside tips on NBA games -- including games he worked, starting in 2003.

"The National Basketball Referees Association is disappointed, but not surprised, with the actions taken by Tim Donaghy," Lloyd Pierson, a representative of the NBRA, wrote in an e-mail to ESPN.com's Marc Stein. "This continues to be the Tim that we know. He repeatedly attempts to highlight himself in the media, but the 59 NBA referees will continue to officiate games with the utmost integrity and the focus will remain on the 2009-2010 NBA Season."

The Web site Deadspin.com released what it said were excerpts of the book Wednesday night.




Also Wednesday, a representative of Triumph Books, a division of Random House Publishing, wrote in an e-mail that the company had backed away from the potential book out of "concerns over potential liability."

Pat Berdan, a senior consultant at Executive Prison Consultants and Donaghy's liaison to the book publisher, told ESPN.com on Wednesday night that the NBA "threatened that they would sue" if the book was published. An NBA spokesman denied the claim, saying the league was aware of the book but had not received or reviewed a copy.

In court papers from the 2008 case against Donaghy, prosecutors said that he gave gambling associates sensitive information, including which crews would officiate games and how the various officials and players interacted.

His actions "compromised his objectivity as a referee because of his personal financial interest in the outcome of NBA games," the government said.

Donaghy said in a court filing that the league routinely encouraged refs to ring up bogus fouls to manipulate results, while discouraging them from calling technical fouls on star players.

Donaghy was released from a federal prison in Pensacola, Fla., to a halfway house in June. He was scheduled for release on Oct. 24, but Donaghy was returned to prison in August when he was accused of violating his federal probation by not showing up for work, the U.S. Marshals Service said. His lawyer said it was all a misunderstanding.

arkanian215
10-29-2009, 07:24 PM
haha he should be maximizing profit, not revenue.:P

JNA17
10-29-2009, 07:35 PM
it's pretty much true but at the same time, not surprising

d00d
10-29-2009, 07:44 PM
Honestly I'm shocked this thread hasn't gotten more action. Even though I'm not surprised by these allegations, it is sad to see them on paper.

noone gives 2 poos about the NBA. the world gave up on it years ago.

deuces
10-29-2009, 07:54 PM
disappointing

mikantsass
10-29-2009, 08:12 PM
I want to read this.... Crazy book too bad Stern will never let this see the light of day

HuRRiCaNeS324
10-29-2009, 08:40 PM
Wow, im never gonna see the game again after reading that article. It's amazing how they completely manipulate games. The exert where Dick Bavetta says the Nuggets are going to win versus the Spurs because Duncan was gonna have 3 fouls in the first five minutes was disturbing. Now ima start noticing the way Bavetta refs as well as Crawford and everyone else that was in there. Scary stuff...

HuRRiCaNeS324
10-29-2009, 08:45 PM
It also makes you think who are the real stars of the NBA. They mentioned Raja Bell being the type of player that never got calls his way because he was a star stopper which is awful. If i was Raja Bell or AI or any other player that got unfair calls, there's no way in hell i'll keep quiet. I'll go insane.

Kings Faithful
10-29-2009, 09:32 PM
The most unfortunate thing is that the league is going to do absolutely nothing about this. And even if they did, an admission of guilt would be devastating for the NBA and would probably cause a huge departure of fans.

jetsfan28
10-29-2009, 10:47 PM
Simply put, most of this really isn't that bad, and most doesn't change the outcome of games. And I'm really not surprised by any of it.

Kings Faithful
10-29-2009, 11:09 PM
Simply put, most of this really isn't that bad, and most doesn't change the outcome of games. And I'm really not surprised by any of it.

Isn't that bad? Its complete ******** is what it is. It's hard for me to watch my favorite team getting raped by the refs because the refs think its "funny" to make bets and piss people off.

lakerboy
10-30-2009, 09:00 AM
Read it here from deadspin

http://deadspin.com/5392067/excerpts-from-the-book-the-nba-doesnt-want-you-to-read?skyline=true&s=x

GAWDtv
10-30-2009, 09:18 AM
Sent to the score:

My reply is it is obvious the fix is in no?

Premise 1
The refs are paid to control the outcome of the games through the penalties called and NOT called. The examples you showed today I wouldn't be surprised if your station is not repremanded by the NFL or the MOB.

Premise 2
The leagues are involved as Vegas MOB pays the NFL, NBA, MLB directly who then distribute the money to the teams who then pay the players. That is pro sport in America, based on the WWF(WWE) fake wrestling model.

Premise 3
If anyone tied to these leagues in any way publicly question the officials or officiating at all, they are repremanded. Even news and media don't question or hold refs accountable for obvious cheating.

I understand you may not post this however the sheep will still follow as the shepperds mislead, and the Wolves prey in wait.

Question
Who is who?
Sent from my BlackBerry device

futureman
10-30-2009, 11:28 AM
If this is true, every last one of them should be in jail.

Chicagofaithful
10-30-2009, 11:59 AM
wow that pisses me off...

Chicagofaithful
10-30-2009, 11:59 AM
why arent more ppl suing the nba?

Odominator
10-30-2009, 12:15 PM
You know what, I know the NBA is a joke and the refs are complete tools, but I still watch it. Not for the outcomes, but for the level of skills these players display. I play a lot of ball, so I like watching the game and mimicking the atheletes in the nba. It is still fun to watch when you aren't considering the refs are in complete control.

futureman
10-30-2009, 03:25 PM
David Stern must have blocked the book from being published because it's TRUE. Why in the hell would he stop a BS book from being published?

abe_froman
10-30-2009, 03:28 PM
David Stern must have blocked the book from being published because it's TRUE. Why in the hell would he stop a BS book from being published?

because it would raise speculation and specter of it again.the cloud of people believing its defacto truth,because they already want to believe it.(truthiness,even if there's no actual truth).the scandal had pretty much past(see the rise in viewership again),and it would raise the issue again.

not saying it isnt true.but you can see why they'd squash it even if its false