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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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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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #816,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sean Patrick Griffin, Professor and Department Head of Criminal Justice at The Citadel, received his Ph.D. in the Administration of Justice (Sociology) from The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Griffin, a former Philadelphia Police Officer, has authored peer-reviewed articles on the following topics: police legitimacy, police abuse of force, the social construction of white-collar crime, securities frauds, professional sports gambling, international narcotics trafficking and money laundering, political corruption, and organized crime.

Dr. Griffin is the author of the critically-acclaimed text Philadelphia's Black Mafia: A Social and Political History (Springer, 2003), and of the best-selling, more mainstream Black Brothers, Inc.: The Violent Rise and Fall of Philadelphia's Black Mafia (Milo, 2005/2007). Each book is currently being/has been updated and revised to reflect historical events that have transpired since their respective initial publications. In 2007, Black Entertainment Television (BET) based an episode ("Philly Black Mafia: 'Do For Self'") of its popular "American Gangster" series on Black Brothers, Inc. Dr. Griffin was an interview subject and consultant for the episode, which is now re-broadcast on the History Channel and A&E Network, among others. Most recently, Professor Griffin authored the best-selling Gaming the Game: The Story Behind the NBA Betting Scandal and the Gambler Who Made It Happen (Barricade, 2011), which has been discussed in numerous academic and media forums.

An ardent public scholarship advocate, 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, who has developed and implemented CLE/CPE coursework regarding securities fraud and enforcement for audiences of professionals (i.e., attorneys and accountants), has also conducted research in The Netherlands during numerous summers, 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.

Dr. Griffin has appeared as an invited panelist for numerous forums on public policy, and is a frequent guest on various local and national radio and television programs. He has also been interviewed/featured extensively in print media. A partial list of outlets in which he or his work have appeared (often on repeated occasions) includes: Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Der Spiegel, Financial Times, Newark Star Ledger, New York Daily News, Toronto Star, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Playboy, TIME Magazine, ESPN The Magazine, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, Philadelphia Magazine, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, Big Ten Network, Comcast SportsNet, National Geographic (television), Home Box Office (HBO), Black Entertainment Television (BET), National Public Radio (NPR), The Urban Journal, "The Power" (XM Satellite Radio Channel 169), Sporting News Radio, Rogers SportsNet Radio (Canada), and Kerrang! Radio (UK).

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Susan C. Craig on September 15, 2011
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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
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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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Gaming the Game is thoroughly researched. And the material is fascinating. However, the writing is very stiff, and, in the end, the sheer density of the information and language overwhelms the story and the characters. I recommend this book for academics . If you are a more casual reader, there are other books about the sports gambling world that I would recommend. Consider "Lay the Favorite," by Beth Raymer, or "The Odds" by Chad Millman.
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By dekens on February 2, 2013
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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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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Slippery Pete on March 3, 2011
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I am not a big sports fan but I must say this is an incredible story that is told in compelling fashion. The discussion of what Griffin calls 'big-time' sports betting is fascinating. If you're familiar with Michael Konik's book 'The Smart Money,' Griffin gets much more into how these types of pro gamblers organize their operations. Gaming the Game has the best discussion of offshore betting operations that I've ever seen.
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