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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Set apart from other podcasts
Just a pleasure to listen to. The journalism, music, interviews all top notch. Thank you for giving something of such high quality. I love people who do there jobs well, what a great team you guys made!
Top-notch storytelling and investigative journalism. This podcast blew my mind! I had no idea the extent of what was happening and still is in the NBA.
As a basketball fan this podcast was eye-opening. Great investigative reporting on the referee scandal, and the bigger picture that NBA fans never knew about. Highly recommend whether or not you’re a fan of the NBA.