Re: FOOTBALL/PRO SPORTS is NOT on the Level.
posted at 3/31/2010 12:21 PM EDT
In Response to Re: FOOTBALL/PRO SPORTS is NOT on the Level.
Get "Personal Foul" out of interlibrary loan. It's about a basketball ref who fixed games for himself, and a friend made the big huge bets, until his blabbermouth friend tipped off a mobster, who wanted his fair share of course. The FBI busted the mobster for something else, and for a better deal the mobster ratted out the ref who was poorly connected and was only collateral to the mob's main business. There are two innate groups inside the NBA who want to fix games. First, the refs collude just because they don't like a guy, for example, Latrell Sprewell who choked a ref once. Or sometimes they don't like a certain club. So they call tickytack fouls in one direction only, for revenge. The other group is NBA management. Management deliberately threw certain playoff games in order to stretch out the playoff schedule, which increased their advertising revenues. That's how it works. Now, is there enough money in all of NFL football to buy a player, a ref or a coach? Duh, yes! Games may even have multiple forces on them, one buying a victory one way, one the other way.
Posted by Paul_K
A bad ref or even a trend among refs to dump on or help out certain players is one thing. This has become so prevalent in the NBA I can rarely even stand to watch a game.
PP gets dumped on, league-wide, year-in and year-out. In contrast, its apparently now an automatic foul for a defender to come within three feet of Kobe at any time.
Anyhow, these types of individual/personal issues are light years away from the type of league-wide conspiracies that have been suggested here. I'm mystified at how otherwise intelligent people can propose such ridiculous theories, without the slightest shred of evidence to support them, besides not lliking the outcome of a few games.
Like with the Kennedy assassination; Think about how many thousands of people would have to be involved with of such a conspiracy! All the officials for one, and you know they'll all be complaining to their wives. All the NFL middlemen who would be giving orders to refs. All levels of supervision of refs. All the people who would have to decide what games are to be affected and by how many points, etc. etc..
Just not workable.