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07/23/07

The NBA Scandal

It's a scandal that could bring the NBA to its knees. A top referee accused of betting on league games,  including those he was officiating.

He's due in federal court as early as Tuesday to face federal gambling charges.

More now on the fallout.. From NBC's  Dawn Fratangelo:

Tim Donaghy, an NBA  referee for 13 years, worked on more than 700-regular season games and at least 20 playoff games, word that he's is being investigated for allegedly betting on games, some in which he officiated, is sending shock waves through the world of basketball among its players.

Jason Kidd of the New Jersey Nicks,  "You know it will be something that will be hanging over the game until it does get solved so it's an unfortunate situation."

And fan, Jesse Cooper -basketball fan "I might not wanna go to games and pay all that money if they're gonna be fixing games like that."

According to reports, Donaghy had a gambling problem that led him to become involved with the mob and may have made calls to influence the outcome of games.

Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated Magazine "This is one bad guy that made a big mistake and he is going to pay for it. And the NBA  is going to pay for it for a very long time."

The NBA  is a high stakes arena for gambling. An estimated 250-million is wagered every year. But referees are supposed to keep the game fair and honest.

Among the games Donaghy refereed, the one involving the infamous 2004 brawl between the Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers. While that game is not under investigation, there's concern now every call may be questioned.

Len Elmore/President of the National Basketball Retired Players Association, "Here we have something with the officials that really cuts the integrity of the game and that's something that's so much harder to repair."

In a statement , NBA Commissioner David Stern told fans, "NO AMOUNT OF EFFORT, TIME OR PERSONNEL IS BEING SPARED TO ASSIST IN THIS INVESTIGATION, TO BRING TO JUSTICE AN INDIVIDUAL WHO HAS BETRAYED THE MOST SACRED TRUST IN PROFESSIONAL SPORTS."

Tim  Donaghy has resigned as this scandal hits the NBC when viewship and enthusiasm are down, and now its integrity is being challenged.

FOR TODAY, DAWN FRATANGELO, NBC NEWS, NEW YORK.

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