I don't know if this is where to post this, I thought you guys had a sports conspiracy forum. This is the only forum that says non specific, so if
it is in the wrong place, I hope a moderator will move it to the correct one.
Anyway, I have a theory about the basketball that is now being used by The NBA. It's a new microfiber composite material, which has also been used
by the NCAA for the last 4 NCAA Tournaments.
I had a theory about 4 years ago, (which turned out to be the tournament year that the NCAA used a new ball). It just popped into my head and I told
somebody and they tried to debunk it.
The theory was, that a device, possibly something magnetic, could be hidden inside the ball, so that someone behind the scenes could control the
trajectory of the ball as it nears the rim, to create makes and misses.
This would not be full proof, as a player would still need to get the ball near the rim for this to work, but it could explain how bottom seeded teams
can go into a tournament like the NCAA and defeat top seeded teams with hot shooting that they didn't really execute during the regular season (I
believe they use a different ball for regular season games). The rim would conceal the control device. Possibly the device inside the ball is very
small, or even embedded in the lining.
The person who argued with me on this, seems to think that it wouldn't even be possible, because all of the audio/video equipment would interfere
with any kind of magnet.
Now, The NBA is using a new ball.
Now, some things that make me think conspiracy on this:
1) As already mentioned, teams coming from out of nowhere to upset top seeded teams. It happens every year and there is definitely motive to fix
games, because of how much gambling goes on with The NCAA Tournament.
2) Unlike in Baseball, you can't just keep a basketbal if it goes into the crowd. They have a set ball during the game and rarely change balls
throughout the game. It's unlikely that anyone would tear one open, even if they were able to acquire one.
Dirt gets onto a baseball, and they offer a new ball. A basketball gets damp, they wipe it off and move on. They usually have a rack for pregame
shooting and this rack travels from city to city.
3) The balls have been manufactured by the same company for many years, which is Spalding. It's an exclusive contract. Spalding would be ruined if
it ever came out that they had anything to do with fixing a game, so they could easily be trusted to keep the secret.
Well, there you have one of my "sports" conspiracies. What do you think?