Press Release


LAS VEGAS (July 2016) – One of the most unusual professional paths will be re-charted when The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, hosts Bob Delaney for an Author Talk on Tuesday, July 12. Covering Delaney’s turn from undercover agent to one of the NBA’s most respected officials, “From Whistleblower to Blowing Whistles,” will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Museum’s courtroom.

In 1975, New Jersey State Trooper Bob Delaney joined an undercover sting operation tasked with infiltrating the Genovese and Bruno crime families who controlled the New Jersey waterfront. While wearing wire, Delaney dealt daily with mobsters who modeled themselves after their onscreen counterparts in box office hits such as “The Godfather.”

As a result of this assignment, Delaney developed post-traumatic stress disorder and began officiating high school basketball games as a way to cope. He eventually became one of the NBA’s most respected officials and currently serves as vice president of NBA Referee Operations.

As recognition for his numerous trips to Iraq and Afghanistan to counsel troops, as well as his efforts to help law enforcement and first responders struggling with PTSD, he has earned the U.S. Army’s Outstanding Civilian Service award and President Obama’s Volunteer Service Award. He is the author of “Covert: My Years Infiltrating the Mob” and “Surviving the Shadows: A Journey of Hope into Post-Traumatic Stress.” This Author Talk is free for Museum Members and with regular Museum admission.

For more information and to RSVP for this Author Talk, click here or call the Museum at (702) 229-2734.


The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, provides a world-class, interactive journey through true stories—from the birth of the Mob to today’s headlines. The Mob Museum offers a provocative, contemporary look at these topics through more than 1,000 artifacts and immersive storylines. Whether you like it or not, this is American history. Since opening in 2012, The Mob Museum has accumulated numerous accolades, including being named one of USA Today’s “12 Can’t Miss U.S. Museum Exhibits,” “A Must for Travelers” by The New York Times, one of “20 Places Every American Should See” by Fox News and Budget Travel magazine and “Best Museum” by Nevada Magazine. Admission is $23.95 for adults ages 18 and over with special pricing for online purchase, children, seniors, military, law enforcement, Nevada residents, and teachers. The Museum is open daily; visit the website for up-to-date operating hours. For more information, call (702) 229-2734 or visit Connect on Facebook at or Twitter @themobmuseum.

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