12 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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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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    What's Afoul?

    What's Afoul?

    After an eight-year journey, Tim finally has answers, but there is more left to be uncovered. The team continues to dig deeper and turns the system inside out, hoping that basketball's future will learn from lessons of its past.
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    • 37 min
    The Bigger Thing

    The Bigger Thing

    On the final day of the trip, the crew travels to a diner in Howard Beach, Queens, to meet with Scala, hoping that the former FBI agent will help unravel the mysteries of the NBA Betting Scandal, and the NBA as a whole.
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    • 34 min
    What Changed?

    What Changed?

    The crew finally connects with retired FBI agent Phil Scala, the supervisor of the FBI probe into Tim Donaghy and the head of the investigative unit focused on the Gambino crime family. Scala agrees to meet with Tim, but the team, and Donaghy, are skeptical the FBI legend will show.
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    • 32 min
    The Golden Goose

    The Golden Goose

    We learn more about the role the NBA played behind the scenes influencing calls on the court, and about one owner's longtime war against the officials. But when that owner was given the opportunity to expose the system he spent years rebelling against, he backed down. He couldn’t, in the end, risk killing the Golden Goose.
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    • 41 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.
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    • 46 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.
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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
3.8K Ratings

3.8K Ratings

Gabby Francois ,

So intriguing and well produced

I love basketball and the deep dive into a major scandal of my favorite sport was a bit hard to stomach. However, I appreciate how Tim was able to collect the views of people involved with the case as well as people from all walks of life who love the game as much as I do. I had no clue Ralph Nader was a basketball fan! Lol I knew it was gonna be quality work due to the connection to Cadence 13 & Tenderfoot TV. Well done once again! Looking forward to more intriguing stories in the future!

Daddy of the year 2019 ,

well done!Great pod

well done

Kate Gearin ,

Brilliantly written, produced, give me more stories

I’m obsessed with Tim (host) and his natural way of portraying this scandal. I loved every minute and hope to listen to other stories of theirs. The audio mixing of the ads was comical weird but simply just an observation and didn’t affect the story. Thank you guys!

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