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Gaming the Game: The Story Behind the NBA Betting Scandal and the Gambler Who Made It Happen Hardcover – March 1, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Barricade Books; First Edition edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569804443
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569804445
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.4 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #708,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"Offers a fascinating look into the Donaghy scandal ... intriguing" — Philadelphia Daily News

"A book you can bet is worth reading... fascinating...a complete effort" — Delaware County (PA) Daily Times

"An exhaustively researched book threatening to overturn some comfortable assumptions about the NBA's referee scandal ... [Gaming the Game] delivers the intrigue you'd expect from thrillerrime thriller." — ESPN.com's True Hoop

"If you've ever wondered what the REAL story was behind Tim Donaghy and the NBA betting scandal, this is a must read...If you're interested in sports betting, you won't be able to put [Gaming the Game] down" — Bettors World

"compelling [and] many leveled...the research behind Gaming the Game is impressive...Griffin’s knowledge of the crime scene in and around Philadelphia illuminates Gaming the Game...He's a fluid, crisp writer and an A-1 historian of crime [who] combines an eye for human detail with the ability to convey broad social themes." -- Blogger News Network

"[Griffin] straddles the line between academic and storyteller, cop and journalist...[Gaming the Game] will blow your mind." —Philadelphia Magazine

"impeccably researched...insightful...[Griffin's] street-wise writing sounds anything but academic...After reading 'Gaming the Game,' you'll never watch an NBA contest the same way again." Las Vegas Review-Journal

"a tremendous read...fascinating...gripping...a must read for any bettor serious about the global marketplace...by far the most believable [account of the NBA betting scandal]" -- Covers.com

"compelling [and] many leveled...the research behind Gaming the Game is impressive...Griffin‚s knowledge of the crime scene in and around Philadelphia illuminates Gaming the Game...He's a fluid, crisp writer and an A-1 historian of crime [who] combines an eye for human detail with the ability to convey broad social themes."-- Blogger News Network

"An outstanding read that might make you change the way you view professional sports." -- Beyond the Bets

"A riveting story...fascinating...just a great book." -- Pregame.com

"Griffin's investigation into big time gambling is fascinating...Highly Recommended" -- Gambling Book and News

About the Author

Sean Patrick Griffin, Associate Professor in Criminal Justice at Penn State Abington, is the author of two books on African-American organized crime including Black Brothers Inc., The Violent Rise and Fall of Philadelphia's Black Mafia from which BET based an episode of its "American Gangster" series, and has been optioned to be made into at least one motion picture by Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way Productions for Warner Brothers Studios. He resides in a suburb of Philadelphia.

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Sean Patrick Griffin, Ph.D., has been Associate Professor in Criminal Justice at Penn State Abington since 2003. He was Assistant Professor of Sociology at Clemson University (South Carolina) from 2000-03. His research areas are organized crime, white-collar crime, labor racketeering, corruption, narcotics trafficking, money laundering, and various aspects of policing.

Dr. Griffin is the author of two books on African-American organized crime, including Black Brothers Inc., The Violent Rise and Fall of Philadelphia's Black Mafia (Milo, 2005/07). Black Entertainment Television (BET) based an episode of its popular "American Gangster" series on Black Brothers, Inc., and the book has been optioned to be made into at least one motion picture by Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way Productions for Warner Brothers Studios. Professor Griffin is a consultant on the film(s).

A strong and outspoken advocate of public scholarship, he has developed and implemented coursework regarding securities fraud and enforcement for audiences of professionals (i.e., attorneys and accountants), and is well into the research and writing of a book on stock fraud, expected to be completed in 2012. Dr. Griffin commonly lends his expertise to an assortment of entities and individuals, including but not limited to: local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies (especially in re: organized crime, extortion, narcotics trafficking, tax evasion, and money laundering,); regulatory agencies (especially in re: gaming and stock fraud); social service agencies (especially in re: policing and violence against women); and print, radio, and television outlets throughout the U.S. (primarily in re: organized crime, white-collar crime, and related topics).

Professor Griffin has conducted research in the Netherlands on numerous occasions, focusing on such issues as the international trade in women, transnational organized crime, vice laws and enforcement, and the impact of immigration on the Dutch criminal justice system. He has appeared as an invited panelist for several forums on public policy, is a frequent guest on various local and national radio and television programs, and has been interviewed/featured extensively in print media.

A former Philadelphia Police Officer, Dr. Griffin resides in the city's suburbs with his wife and two children.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Susan C. Craig on September 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Good reading and a timely topic. I use it for the White Collar Crime class that I teach and the students like it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By pharmorjac on August 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Great book for a sports fan or a fan of mob movies like goodfellas.

Read this book on vacation and couldn't put it down. The author does a good job of telling us Jimmy's story, how and why he got into sports betting, and the entire Tim Donaghy saga.

At parts the book is somewhat repetitive, but it's all worth it to get to the Donaghy saga.
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By K C on June 26, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Enjoyed reading about the game fixing that no one thinks happens! When BIG money is involved, people will do whatever it takes!
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By dekens on February 2, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
There was a lot of redundancy in this book which made it way longer than it should have been. The "story" is interesting though and it certainly makes you think about all the sports bets you've ever made or will make.
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