Let's be real, would you rig a game to make a huge amount of cash? Yes. The difference is that the leagues can actually do it. If you want to maximize profits, you want to make things interesting, then you setup the perfect matchups. Browns vs. Falcons? Who would honestly say, "Wow! So excited!" No one would because it wouldn't bring in that money. Ravens vs. 49ers. Brother vs. Brother. Ray's last year. Lights go out. Ravens manage to beat two GREAT teams that are better them. Each game they played was sketchy, but who is gonna stop a crooked game? No one. I stopped caring about sports as a fan a while ago. It is basically like all sports headed towards the WWE's route. Stories sell, competition doesn't. So ask yourself this. Why wouldn't pro sports be rigged? They can maximize profits, create an illusion for the fans and in turn more merch sold, and they give the commentators these storybook scenarios so the commentary is interesting. Everyone can deny it, but look back on each season, each winner, and you will see how right I am. Team that was absolute garbage last year wins the big game. Legend's last year and team barely scraping by win the big game. There is no such thing as fate or destiny in sports, just paychecks.
Such as the nfl, I don't think players and coaches are apart of the fix for the most part because that would be to hard to keep that many people satisfied, quite, or convince Simone with morals and honor to agree. Sports and betting generates trillions of dollars that are not taxed are profited, and follow the money and it leads to corruption and deceit always!. You know how you get a bunch of non football watching fans to watch our bet on a game? Create a soap opera storyline side story to reel them in like #1 offense vs #1 defense in the super bowl last year. You would be naive to think that it didn't happen. If the world's larger sport seen by more viewers has evidence and period of rigged games such as soccer, you better believe it is done else where.
Whats a better story than one of the greatest middle backers to ever okay the game to finish his career wit a super bowl ring, I'm not saying the whole season was rigged, but i do believe that the super bowl was most definitely rigged to a certain extent, and with roger Goodell as a commissioner i totally an suspicious
Businesses need to do whatever it takes to make money. If an unpopular team is doing good, why have them make the championship if no ones cares about them. Also, in the last ten years, about 70% of Monday night football games have been decided within ten points, why? Because there is only one game for football fans to watch that night and why would fans want to see a blowout
I remember back in the day when the Minnesota Vikings played the Chicago Bears. The Vikings were ahead of the Bears; then low and behold the Bears quarterback, Jim McMahon comes off the bench to throw 3 touchdowns.
"Yeah right". I don't buy that for one second. I have been watching Pro football since 1970. I've seen a lot of BS in my day. They might think that they have everyone else fooled that everything is real, but not me. It trickles all the way down threw the Government. Mark my words; if it seems to good to be true, it probably is. I was born; but I wasn't born yesterday.
I am a professional football (soccer) player. The only ones that care about the well-being of their team are the naive fans. Players get paid to do all sorts of things, from receiving a red card intentionally to even let a player of the opposing team score. The press and the fans are stupid enough to believe that the player just had a bad day (or that he is a bad player in general, doesn't really matter).. In fact, the player did his "job" just fine...
Money would suggest that it is in every league's best interest to rig games to grow their market, keep viewership up, an keep the ad money flowing. The idea that too many people would have to be involved and quiet is laughable. Just need the coach to feed terrible plays to the team or a few key players to shift the balance. And this doesn't even include the use of referees and officials to manipulate game outcomes. Plausible deniability is all the league has to maintain to prevent mass fan exodus, and it is very easy to maintain plausible deniability. Fans after winning a championship defend the league to no end. Just ask the seahawks - after they lose to the Steelers, The NFL IS SO RIGGED OMG!!! - after they beat the broncos - OF COURSE IT ISN"T RIGGED TO FRIKIN IDIOT!!!
Humans are easy to control and the league owners are masters of manipulation
The problem is that the rules are too legalistic and difficult to interpret, e.G., in football a fumble can be interpreted not to be a fumble and a catch can be interpreted not to be a catch. Fans are forced to accept a convoluted rational for referee's ruling rather than what they see with their own eyes, i.E., the player either has the ball or doesn't have the ball. It isn't rocket science. I stopped watching 12 years ago.
(1) Its not illegal for the leagues to rig their own games - remember the tickets are 'for entertainment purposes only'.
(2) Since the majority of league revenues come from TV, they have an incentive to keep people watching.
(3) It is interesting how many owners whose other business ventures were in trouble all of a sudden had their pro-sports teams win championships.
I am not certain that professional sports are rigged or not, but when you look at the mighty empires that some professional sports have created, such as the NFL, one has to wonder if the games are fixed. After all, there are plenty of people who bet on these games, someone would benefit if they were.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.