Is the NBA rigged? | The Tylt

FINAL RESULTS
Is the NBA rigged?
A festive crown for the winner
#NBASoRigged
#NBANotRigged

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.

But:

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?

Dataviz
Real-time Voting
Is the NBA rigged?
#NBASoRigged
#NBANotRigged
#NBANotRigged
Bad calls don't equal a conspiracy.
#NBANotRigged
Many NBA fans think the "rigged" accusation is just sour grapes when their team loses.
#NBANotRigged
#NBASoRigged
Others pointed out sketchy incidents in the NBA's past.
#NBASoRigged
Others ridiculed the idea that with so much money on the line, a corporation is just going to "let the best team win."
FINAL RESULTS
Is the NBA rigged?
A festive crown for the winner
#NBASoRigged
#NBANotRigged
© 2016 The Tylt
Use of and/or registration on any portion of this site constitutes acceptance of our  User Agreement,  Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement,   and  Your California Privacy Rights  (each updated 1/1/20).
© 2020 Advance Local Media LLC. All rights reserved (About Us).
The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed,transmitted,cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local.