The name Tim Donaghy seems inconspicuous enough, but in certain sports circles, it unsheaths a veil over the face of professional sports. Mr. Donaghy was an NBA referee sentenced to 15 months in prison for placing bets on games, some of which he even officiated.
Donaghy's track record of picking winners of games didn't go unnoticed, he was approached by the mafia in 2007 to assist in fixing games.
In addition to the charges on himself, he claimed other NBA referees to fix games for the 'best interest of the league', raising ticket sales and TV coverage, Such as in the 2002 Western Conference Finals between the Lakers and Kings.
Which leads me to my question? are pro sports fixed?
An ex-girlfriend of mine's father told me a story of when he was a traveling preacher in western Oklahoma. It was January 1994, the day before the super bowl. He was speaking with an owner of a thrift store when a man in a black car and black suit pulled up, and walked in. The store owner handed the man a large bag and the man in the suit left. Upon leaving the store owner explained. The man was with the mafia, and then wrote two numbers on the back of the receipt and handed it to the preacher.
The numbers were 30 and 13
The Cowboys defeated the Buffalo Bills 30 to 13 the next day in the super bowl.