June 20: The FBI contacts the NBA to talk about a referee alleged to have
gambled on games. A meeting is held the next day.
July 9: Tim Donaghy resigns after 13 years as NBA referee.
July 20: The New York Post breaks the story about the federal probe.
July 24: NBA commissioner David Stern calls Donaghy a "rogue, isolated
criminal," and says he believes no other referee, league official or player
will be implicated in the scandal.
July 26: James Battista and Thomas Martino, high school classmates of
Donaghy's at Cardinal O'Hara in Springfield, Pa., are identified as
Aug. 15: Donaghy pleads guilty to felony charges of wire fraud and
transmitting wagering information through interstate commerce. He already has
cooperated with investigators and agrees to continue.
Feb. 8: Battista and Martino are indicted on charges of conspiracy to
commit wire fraud and conspiracy to transmit wagering information. Martino also
is charged with two counts of perjury.
April 16: Martino pleads guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and
obstruction of justice.
April 24: Battista pleads guilty to conspiracy to transmit wagering
June 12: During the NBA Finals, Donaghy alleges in court papers that other
referees were involved in game fixing. Stern calls the charges "allegations by
an admitted felon."
June 17: Newsday reports that the Los Angeles County district attorney's
office reviewed Donaghy's allegation that a 2002 playoff game between the Kings
and Lakers was fixed and determined that the statute of limitations had
expired. The information was turned over to the U.S. attorney's office.
June 19: NBA asks the court to force Donaghy to pay $1.4 million in
restitution to cover the cost of investigating his crimes, as well as his
salary and cost of his shoes worn for games he admitted wagering on.
Ultimately, he and his co-defendants must pay total of a $217,266.
July 1: NBA names retired Army Maj. Gen. Ronald Johnson to a new position
overseeing referee operations.
July 21: The NBA reassigns director of officiating Ronnie Nunn and names
former referees Bernie Fryar and Joe Borgia to oversee referees.
July 24: Battista is sentenced to 15 months. Martino is sentenced to a year
and a day.
July 29: Donaghy is sentenced to 15 months in prison. Newsday reports that
the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles has decided not to pursue Donaghy's
allegation that a 2002 playoff game, believed to be Lakers-Kings Game 6, was