Need Stocking Stuffers? Tim Donaghy's Book to Be Out By Christmas
Deadspin's Tommy Craggs reports that Random House imprint Triumph Books dropped Donaghy under pressure from the NBA. But league spokesman Tim Frank told FanHouse today that the NBA "never threatened a lawsuit or anything else." Upon dropping plans to release Donaghy's book, Triumph cited the presence of too many red flags in the text for their lawyers' tastes.
Most interesting is the specter of big media coverage of Donaghy's tales. As in, a VTi-Group press release posted by Craggs states that Donaghy has been interviewed by a reporter for CBS newsmagazine 60 Minutes, and that the segment will air Sunday. The 60 Minutes website is a week behind, so I guess we'll find out soon enough.
CBS has little to lose in angering the NBA. This isn't to say the 60 Minutes reporter -- Bob Simon, according to the New York Daily News -- won't be critical of Donaghy. Just broaching the topic, or giving attention to the crooked ref would seem to be enough to upset league officials.
A network like ESPN, however, is in a very different position, hosting 3-4 NBA games a week (with contests on a parent net ABC coming later this winter). All I'm saying is that if ESPN's own newsmagazine addresses Personal Foul, expect Jeremy Schapp and not, say, Chris Connelly to grill Donaghy.
I'll have to wait on the book to make final judgment, but the best use of the tome might be as the greatest gag gift in the history of NBA league office White Elephant exchanges.