• The Cubs Road to the World Series

    Nobody, all season or playoffs exploited John Lester's inability to field a bunt. The Cubs batted only .190 against breaking balls and change ups. The Giants, best fielding percentage in MLB commit 6 errors in 5 game series, all crucial. 4 replay challenges, very clear against Cubs, yet NYC held in favor of the Cubs, many of these were critical moments. Kershaw, threw all pitches same speed, 94-96 MPH, through 3 innings, threw only 8 breaking balls, not one for a strike. All of this after Rich Hill showed how the Cubs were unable to hit anything but fastballs. The time was right to rig the Cubs into the W.S., Theo Epstein into the HoF, and Joe Maddon to finally win a W.S. There is so much more, as I watched all season, and continually pointed out how the games were fixed. Maddon managed the team, at times, like a Tee Ball coach, yet nobody pulled shenanigans to beat them. It is ignorant, silly and irreprehensible, and if they win this thing, I will never watch another MLB game. It is all about ratings, money and finally giving one of the worst organizations in all of sports a championship they do not deserve.

  • Lebron James and Tom Brady

    I watch sports but the NBA is clearly rigged ever since I can remember. I'm not picking on Lebron here but he is the current superstar the league is trying to push. The man is great but he gets away with pushing, grabbing, traveling, and he can yell at the refs without getting T'd up or even being put in foul trouble.

    I'm also not picking on Tom Brady but his first 3 Super Bowls were won due to the coach stealing playbooks and taping sideline signals. The NFL was made aware and had evidence but then just destroyed everything to sweep it under the rug.

  • U guys are funny

    I'll just keep feeding my family on sports betting and you guys can continue to clueless fans thanks Cleveland, for showing me aliens do exist, Bigfoot is alive and the locness monster is just a ride at a theme park. Laughing all the way to the bank can't wait till football season

  • It's business. Not love, not fidelity, not "passion", but business.

    Brian Tuohy rhetorically asks: "Would you leave a multi-billion dollar business to chance?" The sports leagues are BUSINESSES. They exist to make money. If there were no audiences, no fans, no merchandise sales, the leagues WOULD NOT EXIST. The hardcore evidence is there; the anecdotal evidence is overwhelming. Of course they are rigged - rigged TO TAKE YOUR MONEY.

  • Why Not? $$$

    It's all about money. Proof:
    Basketball: Lakers-Kings 2002, Mavericks-Heat 2006, Kobe's last game scoring 60, Warriors illegal screens, Spurs-Suns 2007, Thunder-Clippers 2014, Jordan push-off vs Jazz in 1998, MVPs and all stars based on media/fan voting (popularity), etc...
    Football: 49ers-Ravens 2013, Seahawks-49ers 2014, Deflategate, Ray Lewis and Peyton Manning farewells, Russel Wilson interception, etc...
    Soccer: Chelsea-Barcelona 2009, 2011-12 EPL season, Maradona in 1986, England-Germany 2010, Popularity awards (Golden Ball, Ballon d'or), etc..
    Several more examples in other sports.

  • Yes, sports are rigged. And no, not everyones in on it.. And NO ONES ever going to admit it...

    These leagues are businesses. So it all starts at the top and works its way down. If the NBA has a huge market with a guy named MICHAEL JORDAN, why wouldnt they have him win multiple championships and be the face of the nba for years? Its all marketing and scheming to maximize profits, viewers and ratings. They set up storylines that will attract us viewers.. BUT to actually physically RIG or ALTER the games seems difficult. Not when you look at it this way: Players play the game, Coaches coach the game and Referees.... Ref the game? What does that even mean? They CONTROL the game? They MANIPULATE the game. Referees jobs are to make calls (HOW THEY SEE FIT) to "regulate" the game. I CANT IMAGINE ANY PLAYER OF ANY SPORT THAT WOULD WANT TO THROW A GAME. But its simple if you have a handful of referees who are infact EMPLOYED BY THE LEAGUES, AND PAYED BY THE LEAGUES. You ever see referees touching other players or coaches or laughing with them like theyre BUDDIES? THEYRE REFEREES, MEDIATORS OF THE GAME, not your friend... This adds another element to the games, these referees could be bias towards one team, or a player and sway the games in A HUGE WAY. And if tons of people want a particular matchup for a certain game, and its lucrative enough for the companies (NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, MLS, and ANY other league) they will probably give it to you. Tim Donaghy admitted he was involved with altering games during his career as an NBA referee. Its crazy tothink about, but its true. Ive been a sports fan since a small child and its TOUGH to handle this truth but in the end this world is run on money. ALSO did you know that 8 times the amount of money is made gambling on sports than ALL of the revenue leagues make? Think about it

  • Yes! Yes! Yes!

    Look at the evidence, professional sports in the end are indeed a business right? If a business fails people lose jobs, and a lot of financial gain especially in sports. Many people within the organizations rig games to bet, get better draft picks and overall make the business more money .

  • Yes! Yes! Yes!

    Look at the evidence, professional sports in the end are indeed a business right? If a business fails people lose jobs, and a lot of financial gain especially in sports. Many people within the organizations rig games to bet, get better draft picks and overall make the business more money .

  • Don't be naive

    If you don't know, then you don't know. If you think it's difficult to manipulate any sport on the planet, you are wrong. I have known pga tour golfers that missed putts on purpose to make sure they do not win their h2h matchup. The nba referees are calling/not calling fouls depending on the situation. The Russian mob controls almost every Russian in the nhl. Tennis and ncaa sports aren't even worth talking about. It's easy to have a few instances like Tulane, Boston college, nwestern, and Arizona st come to the public eye. Just think about how many we don't hear about. Don't use the "they get paid too much money" excuse. There's always more money to be made. Or hotter girls to get with. Or gambling debts that need to be settled. Read any literature by Declan Hill. If you don't believe it, fine. If you don't think it's all fixed, then keep betting. Cheers

  • Keep us occupied

    Keep us occupied
    keep us dumb
    we are cattle

    professional sports is a business of selling pride
    professional sports is a business of selling emotion
    this is a all a clever recipe...Many lack the intelligence to see it

    i'd take it a step further...

    Unplug from the screen
    what are we sacrificing when we give into mind-numbing entertainment
    what have we lost, or are presently losing, that generations before us have had?
    Was the world a better place before the internet?

    What if we put down the laptop, cell phone, turn off the tv and spent time with the people we love? What if "we the people" paid more attention, became less occupied, broke down cultural differences, broke down religious barriers, saw humanity as a priority?

    Maybe i am naive...The powers that be have already sorted all of this out for us.

    ...We are cattle

  • Where's Your Proof?

    No, I think it is highly unlikely that professional team sports are rigged (the WWE being an individual sport which is obviously an admitted exception). Some teams certainly get an unfair advantage if they come from bigger cities with larger fan bases, because they have more money to pay players and elite staff (coaches, general managers, etc), but that's hardly the same as pre-determining or cajoling the outcome of a game. The logistics of doing such a thing are unfathomable.

    In any instance, the onus is on the people saying that it is rigged to prove it. Do you have documents from league officials, sponsors, or players? Can you prove a motive? Oddly, when you inquire about this kind of information, the people start to get a lot less confident in their claims. Most of the people come up with circumstantial evidence or their gut feelings. They work like any conspiracy theorist.

  • No, they are not

    Anyone who thinks anything like this isn't considering just how difficult it would be arrange such a thing with team sports. Too many people would have to be in on the conspiracy for it to possibly be kept secret. As in anything, there are some unlikely outcomes, but the games are hardly rigged.

  • They Aren't Rigged

    Professional sports are not rigged. I refuse to believe they are. There is so much money thrown into professional sports and it would be stupid to fix the, Also, the consequences of people finding out that a sport is rigged is brutal. Fans might walk away from the sport all together.

  • Too hard to do, but rig may not be the correct term (perhaps favor?)

    It's happened a few times, yet let's just consider how difficult it would be to rig a sports game (especially in the NBA). So many points are played out in the NBA and so many downs are played in the NFL. To rig a game would be INCREDIBLY difficult, not to mention that players would have to act the part too. If player's purposely let somebody score, it wouldn't be too hard to tell. Let's also consider the fact that there are THOUSANDS of professional athletes, somebody has to be the whistleblower. Some players would definitely become upset that they aren't getting their share of money while other players are becoming multi millionaires from an act. Now the counter to that would be the NFL is a billion dollar industry, they can easily dish out money to different athletes. Well, it's not that simple. Teams are already maxing out their salary caps, and then some players get endorsement deals which are worth tens of millions of dollars. Also if professional sports really are rigged, why haven't players like Tim Tebow and Jeremy Lin won championships yet? Occasionally you'll have the underdog story come true, but it doesn't happen very often. During "Tebow mania" Remember, there was a time where TIM TEBOW had the top selling jersey in the NFL. If the NFL really is rigged, why didn't we get to see him for another week? This all being said, there is no way I can say that professional sports leagues are not rigged at all. Obviously, commissioners can make a push for refs to favor a team during a game, or not make certain calls. But like I said before, consider just the amount of people involved in these leagues.

  • Nah null nope

    No oooo oooo no no . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

  • No way in hell

    Champions rise to fame, gain endorsements, make more money the lists continues. But if you think the losers will stay quiet about being forced to lose your insane. These athletes didn't create a livelihood since they were children to end up giving it up. These are the most competitive people on the planet, they have the utmost pride, and no way in the world will they give that up. That's not to mention the complete control that's needed. Just one player has to blow the whistle just one. But that hasn't happened. If you think a J.R Smith or a Dez Bryant will shut up about losing. Your simply an idiot

  • No

    Professional sports are not rigged because if the outcome was already decided before the game was played, what would be the point of even watching or debating about sports? All of these sports shows would cease to exist and there would be so much money lost by sports teams that sports wouldnt be profitable.

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