Is the NBA rigged? | The Tylt
Golden State Warriors players and fans were furious about the calls made in last night's Game 6 against the Cavaliers — even the normally cool Stephen Curry flipped out at a referee, threw his mouthpiece and got ejected from the game. Curry's wife Ayesha went so far as to tweet "this is absolutely rigged" (she later deleted the tweet).
Is the NBA rigged?
Many sports fans laugh off these conspiracy theories as grassy-knoll type rants — but there have been a few sketchy moments over the years. Like when ex-NBA referee Tim Donaghy claimed that the NBA officials instructed refs to give the Brooklyn Nets calls over the Toronto Raptors. “They [NBA higher-ups] will show the referees what they want called," he said.
The NBA flatly denied the charges and pointed to the fact that Donaghy served two years in prison for fixing games. "More than any other major professional sports league, the NBA is dogged by conspiracies," says Business Insider.
The broader conspiracy here is that the NBA centrally plans outcomes to make more money through TV ratings. And what leads to higher TV ratings? Star players, big-market teams, and dramatic narratives (Game 7s!).
The biggest NBA conspiracies claim that the referees fix the outcomes of games by intentionally calling fouls on a given team — this was the argument around last night's calls on Curry. But many people scoff at the idea that the NBA is rigged – bad officiating does not necessarily mean the fix is in. "They [the conspiracy theories] are almost universally baseless and without concrete evidence," concluded Business Insider.
What do you think: Is the #NBASoRigged? Or is the #NBANotRigged at all?
Is the NBA rigged?
The NBA is not rigged/fixed but it is negatively influenced at times by poor/inconsistent officiating.— Rashaan Josey (@Rashaan) June 17, 2016
Just because your team didn't win doesn't mean the NBA is fixed.. Get off my timeline with that.— Jordan Ford (@jordan_ford_) June 17, 2016
I see NBA-is-rigged thing is a topic today. Interestingly I hear it from fans of all teams- Could just be sport doesn't always go your way?— Matt Winer (@matt_winer) June 17, 2016