Donaghy Was Sole Gambling Ref, NBA Finds

Convict's betting prompted league-wide integrity investigation
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Oct 3, 2008 10:25 AM CDT
Houston Rockets' Jim Jackson argues a foul called by Tim Donaghy in 2004.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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(Newser) – No NBA referee other than Tim Donaghy, who’s currently serving time for gambling, has been up to anything illegal in the sport, a 14-month league probe has found. But the report’s author did have some suggestions for keeping the game clean, including a hotline for tips on suspicious activity and more access to referees for fans and the media, USA Today reports.

Investigator Andy Pedowitz “did hear from NBA team representatives that referees' egos have gotten in the way of their play-calling,” he noted. “That's the perception. I'm not saying it's valid. But if it's there, it should be dealt with.”