13 episodes

In 2007, NBA referee Tim Donaghy was arrested for betting on games he officiated. It was the biggest scandal in American sports history, but it quickly faded from the headlines. Why? Because everyone in this scandal has something to hide. This isn't a story about basketball - it's a story about money, and a conspiracy that spans far beyond one referee. Sports journalist Tim Livingston takes you inside his eight-year odyssey to find the truth at the heart of the scandal. This is Whistleblower.

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    • 4.9 • 72 Ratings

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In 2007, NBA referee Tim Donaghy was arrested for betting on games he officiated. It was the biggest scandal in American sports history, but it quickly faded from the headlines. Why? Because everyone in this scandal has something to hide. This isn't a story about basketball - it's a story about money, and a conspiracy that spans far beyond one referee. Sports journalist Tim Livingston takes you inside his eight-year odyssey to find the truth at the heart of the scandal. This is Whistleblower.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    The Rogue Ref

    The Rogue Ref

    Former NBA referee Tim Donaghy was caught betting on games that he officiated. It was the biggest scandal in American sports history, but according to Donaghy, he wasn't the one fixing games... it was the NBA. Journalist Tim Livingston sets out to find answers.

    • 26 min
    Out of Bounds

    Out of Bounds

    Host Tim Livingston heads to Florida for his first face-to-face interview with disgraced NBA referee Tim Donaghy, but it’s Donaghy's co-conspirator, Tommy Martino, who reveals new information about the 13-year-old scandal.

    • 41 min
    Timmy and Tommy

    Timmy and Tommy

    Two kids from Delco, Tim Donaghy and Tommy Martino. Our interviews continue with our main subjects and we dive deeper into Donaghy’s claims, attempting to separate the truth from the lies.

    • 34 min
    Choose Wisely

    Choose Wisely

    Next stop, Philadelphia, specifically Delaware County, where the 2007 NBA betting scandal was hatched. “Delco”, as Delaware County is commonly known, is home to the Sixers, bookmakers, and Philly mobsters. Tim gets a first-hand account of the lifestyle and gambling culture and he must... choose wisely.

    • 31 min
    The Defense of Tim Donaghy

    The Defense of Tim Donaghy

    Tim and the team head up I-95 to New York for a meeting with John Lauro, Donaghy’s defense attorney, and to track down the illusive FBI agents who handled Donaghy's investigation. We learn that someone from high up may have been pulling the strings to undermine the investigation, even going as far to leak the story to the NY Post.

    • 48 min
    Fit for a King

    Fit for a King

    After learning about the suspicious circumstances surrounding the leak of the original Donaghy story and Jimmy Battista's plea deal, the crew investigates the most controversial game in NBA history: Game 6 of the 2002 Western Conference Finals.

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
72 Ratings

72 Ratings

Karina from tasmania ,

Well written and well researched.

As someone who doesn’t watch or know anything about basketball it speaks volumes that I was hooked on this podcast from start to end. Listened in one sitting.

It was good that the podcast looked at things from a systemic angle rather than vilify individuals. I feel bad for the players who were witnessing these injustices, their games being rigged or manipulated right in front of them.

Well done Tim and the team for diligent, committed endurance to see this project through!

TheRealMikeJustice ,

Just how a narrative based podcast should be

Well produced, well edited, well researched & presented with a sense of insightful purpose. Intrigue, facts, mystery, answers & even more questions! A great recipe for a brilliant story.

I genuinely liked the fact that this podcast “dropped” me into this world. Into this other side of the NBA, a sport I have followed since the late 1980’s.

Whether it’s true or not, securing the interview with the former FBI investigator was a big score & created credibility.

Thanks for putting this together. I assume that it consumed much of your lives for well over 12 months. So, thank you for your time, energy, creativity & for your skills.

Benny3C ,

Sensational for those non casual fans

A truly sensational listen, episodes are trim with no fat/fillers, each one is well constructed and has a really good pace.
Thanks for the hard work y’all must have put in, it was not wasted on me.
Amazing work!

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