Tim Donaghy, the disgraced NBA referee convicted of wire fraud and conspiracy to transmit wagering information through interstate commerce, will appear as a guest on The EOG Sports Hour next Tuesday, January 24.
The one-hour radio program, dedicated to the hearts and minds of sports bettors everywhere, can be heard weekday evenings at 10:00 p.m. Pacific on KLAV-AM 1230 (www.klav1230am.com). Archives of the popular radio show are available at www.eogradio.com.
Donaghy, author of Personal Foul: A First-Person Account of the Scandal that Rocked the NBA, will review his 13-year career as an NBA official complete with details of the league’s confused set of priorities. Donaghy maintains balance sheets and revenue projections are far more important than fair competition and the rules of the game.
In his book, Donaghy pointed out a culture of bias and favoritism that existed and still exists in the NBA. He cited specific examples of officials allowing favored status to players and coaches while citing various stories about officials who held grudges against the bad actors in the NBA. Donaghy listed the five biggest “a-holes” in the league during his time in the NBA as Gary Payton, Rasheed Wallace, Antoine Walker, Chauncey Billups and Stephen Jackson.
To this day, Donaghy boldly states he did not “fix” any games despite claims to the contrary by his former associate James “Baba” Battista.
The former referee currently resides in Florida, helping to raise his four daughters — Meghan, Shannon, Bridget and Molly — to whom he dedicated his enlightening book.
Donaghy recently was hired by Danny Berelli, a member of the sports advisory business, who got his start in the late ’70’s and early ’80’s on the streets of North Jersey where bookmaking and loan sharking were a way of life.
More information on Donaghy’s affiliation with Berelli’s operation can be found at www.sportsconnectionwins.com.
BOSTON IN THE TANK…..The Celtics got old overnight. Boston last night lost its fifth consecutive game, straight up and against the spread, with a subpar effort against the young guns of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for 54 points as the Thunder defeated the Celtics, 97-88. Here’s the key stat involving the reeling C’s: Boston this season has trailed by 15 points or more in five of its first 12 games. Last season, the C’s trailed by 15 points or more only eight times in 82 games. The betting marketplace is scrambling to adjust for the obvious slippage in the skill sets of Boston’s aging stars Ray Allen (age 36), Kevin Garnett (age 35) and Paul Pierce (age 34).
THE SPORTSOPTIONS SHOWDOWN…..Congratulations to EOG contributor “dsethi” for his victory over Mark Simons, the in-house handicapper at SportsOptions, in a one-on-one handicapping contest featured as part of The EOG Sports Hour last Friday night. “Dsethi” went 4-1 from his five college hoop selections while Simons posted a real-life winning mark (but a losing contest record) of 3-2. Both handicappers captured their best bets in convincing style. This Friday night, EOG good guy DJ Dalamar will match wits with Simons for the winner-take-all purse of $500.
TUESDAY’S BEST BET…..Play 504 CLEVELAND -2 over Golden State. Let’s continue to ride the underrated Cavs. Cleveland returns home after a seven-game road trip in which the team seemingly improved every game. Point guard Kyrie Irving is a future star. The rookie led the Cavs with 25 points and seven assists in a 102-94 road win over Charlotte yesterday. This is normally a spot to fade the home team (first game back after an extended road trip) but the Cavs are playing with hunger and optimism and they know a home game against ultra-tough Chicago is on deck.
COMING WEDNESDAY…..I’ll take inventory of the dozen men’s basketball teams in the Pac-12.
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