In Las Vegas, sports betting is legal and that makes it a haven for sports fans each year during popular sporting events, including March Madness. At The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, visitors will learn about the history of the sports wire and how sports betting came to be part of the Las Vegas casino experience. This year, they will also get up close and personal with Tim Donaghy, former NBA referee and “Personal Foul” author, whose intimate knowledge of the game landed him in prison—and made him a sports media celebrity.
On Tuesday, March 19 at 10:30 a.m., Donaghy will present one of his NBA referee jerseys to the Museum during a news conference. From 1 to 4 p.m. that afternoon, he will sign copies of his book, “Personal Foul,” in the Museum and be available to discuss sports betting tips with guests. On the following day, Wednesday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m., he will speak in the Museum’s courtroom about the experiences detailed in his book. Following the presentation, he will sign copies of “Personal Foul” and answer questions from guests.
In his career with the NBA, Donaghy tracked personal relationships that existed between referees and players, coaches and owners to successfully pick games correctly 75 percent of the time.
Since being published in his book, “Personal Foul,” Donaghy’s story has been featured by more than 100 programs, including “60 Minutes,” ESPN, Fox's “Your World” and on CNN Headline News. Additional media exposure has included The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Philadelphia Daily News, the Chicago Tribune, Sports Illustrated and countless radio appearances and interviews.
He currently appears on more than a dozen current radio shows as well as on television. He recently picked games successfully during the NBA playoffs on ESPN Radio in Miami and Dallas at a rate of more than 78 percent. Today, Donaghy remains in demand as an NBA insider, appearing regularly on numerous sports talk shows throughout the United States.
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