NEW YORK (AP) -Former referee Tim Donaghy pleaded guilty to two felony charges Wednesday in connection with the NBA betting scandal.
Donaghy faces a maximum of 25 years in prison when he is sentenced for conspiracy to engage in wire fraud and transmitting waging information through interstate commerce.
Donaghy provided recommendations, called ``picks,'' to co-conspirators about what team they should bet on, said U.S. District Court Judge Carol Bagley Amon. If he was correct, they paid him.
The information was not public, the Brooklyn judge said. Donaghy had ``unique access,'' including what crews would officiate at games, the interaction of different officials and players, and the physical condition of certain players.
He concealed the scheme from the NBA and other referees to avoid detection, the judge said.
Donaghy also must pay a $500,000 fine and at least $30,000 in restitution.

Top NBA Public Bets

NBA Top Stories

Thumbnail Suns vs. Hornets Prediction Are the Hornets laying too many points as a home favorite this afternoon versus the Suns at 1:00PM ET?
Thumbnail Timberwolves vs. Blazers Prediction Are the Trail Blazers laying too many points to the Timberwolves tonight at 10:00PM ET?
Thumbnail Knicks vs. Spurs Prediction Will tonight's Knicks and Spurs matchup at 8:30PM ET turn into a high-scoring game for bettors?
Thumbnail Raptors vs. Mavericks Prediction Will tonight's Raptors and Mavericks matchup at 8:30PM ET fall under the betting total?
Thumbnail Wizards vs. Cavs Prediction With LeBron James uncertain to play tonight for the Cavs, are the Wizards a good bet to win in Cleveland tonight at 7:30PM ET?

NBA Team Pages