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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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,239,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Expected choppy dialogue and narratives. Italian-American Philly/Jersey dialect held true to the story. The tone and and Jimmy's recounting of the details the way he remembers it lent honesty and kept my interest. It was very detailed sometimes lost the story inside the story. Reading about places you know, people you knew, and what sounds like a 60's and 70's gig was surreal to me. I kept saying to myself, "and this is now". During my time! I couldn't put it down.
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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 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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By S. 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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Format: Hardcover
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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