I have noticed a rapidly growing trend of people claiming "professional" sports leagues use covert methods in their games to produce maximum ratings (thus profits), as I've previously suggested. I won't go back into the means that they may use to do this. Nfl.com isn't fond of this idea. Try entering the word "rigged" in the comments of nfl.com and see how long it lasts. Is this really a crazy belief? I decided to google some polls. The following are the two largest that I've found. I only found two main polls, with comparitively large sizesThere were a few others with small sample sizes (about 30) which varied...
According to bleacherreport.com, in an article concerning the nfl's possible practice of game manipulation found here http://bleacherreport.com/articles/587027-the-10-games-or-so-the-nfl-may-have-fixed-in-the-2010-season, nfl fans took a vote in regards to their beliefs on the integrity of the nfl with a vote count of 3,362. o the question "Do you believe that the nfl can manipulate the outcome of its own games?", 79.7% voted "Yes", 14.5% selected "They could but I don't believe they do", and 5.7% voted "No".
A separate poll was taken on debate.org here: http://www.debate.org/opinions/is-the-nfl-rigged. The question for debate was "Is the nfl rigged?" The respondents could answer either yes or no and then provide an argument. The vote reports an exactly even 50-50 result for the survey. But then I accidentally glanced down to the comment section at the bottom and someone said this "The fact 77% of people said yes just shows how irrational people are and that they'll do anything to avoid admitting their favorite team is garbage." Why was it showing 77 percent but now it happens to be exactly even? So then I counted the votes (all with comments) myself...and I counted that 28 people voted "no"...and 256 people voted yes. 50-50 my toosh. That's about 90 percent. Was even the vote about rigging rigged? Funny. Go ahead and count it if you wish, you have to load the comments below. Also, practically all 28 "no" responses also argued something along the lines of "too many people would have to be involved" and "the nfl would have too much to lose". Both are incorrect since as we've all seen, a ref can usually do it on his own and this would not be illegal for the nfl to do.
Granted it might be a lot of people with these beliefs reading such articles, but the presence of this widespread belief cannot be ignored.
I too thought this idea was ludicrous at first and I replied with the main too objections above, until I saw all the reasoning behind it and then many examples of games in which many horrible calls seem to follow the money. Many people still denounce this idea as crazy, yet in opinion polls nfl viewers seem to support this. I would even consider a 50-50 quite significant. Is half of the US population insane? Or is there some legitimate reason behind this? Please no trolling for this post. If you disagree, state why...and avoid the "dismissive" crazy card, because at this point, it's a lot more widespread than you might have thought.
In a separate topic, let's talk about the NBA. Do you think the NBA rigs any of its games? The NBA only uses 5 players at once and they are all on a much smaller playing field, so unlike NFL it is much harder for the referees to get away with horrible calls or ignore fouls, which conspicuously often happen in much huger quantities at the end of games. Referees have already been caught fixing games and NBA players and Mark Cuban, a franchise owner, have spoken openly about this. I can provide footage. Also, Donaghy has even talked about how league representatives has instructed him to call a game and which players to call more on. How is the NFL different than the NBA? Is the NBA less honest than the NFL? And if not, is it really that crazy to suggest that the same thing could be brewing in the NFL just covered up a little better?