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Originally posted by Crakeur
For example, it is a somewhat common conspiracy theory that draft picks like Patrick Ewing were rigged to ensure that a top market team (NY in this case) would get the top pick. If you go back thru the drafts, whenever there was a top pick that was one of those players that everyone knew would be huge and would make that team a contender all by themselves, they wound up on large market teams.
Originally posted by ZindoDoone
I'm sure that it is still happening.
Originally posted by Grambler
reply to post by ZindoDoone
Yeah, I remeber hearing about the gameshow thig. Quick point about payola, thats a coverup in itself. I have read reports of several DJ's that claim that this is still happening on a massive scale. I think I'm gonna look into it and start a thread.
Some more food for thought. Many conspiracy types feel that professional sports are used as a tool to keep people occupied so as to not be concerned with the government. Perhaps the willingness of the NBA to purposefully make series more interesting and longer speaks to that? Also, don't be suprised if congress doesn't hold special investigations into this, there has already been talk of it. I can already see these investigations occurring and the Bush conveniently attacking Iran or do something else crazy while there distracted. Just a thought.
Originally posted by Grambler
Don't know if anyones interested or if its been mentioned, but there has been a lot of talk about a conspiracy in the NBA. A littl background for those of you who may not know: Tim Donaghy was an NBA official who was arrested in 2007 for betting on games. In an attempt to reduce his sentencing, he has told authorities that two of his colleagues were told by NBA administrators to make sure that game 6 of the 2002 western conference finals was won by the Lakers, to force a game 7 and increase revenue. The Lakers narrowly won the game by making an incredible 18 foul shots in the fourth quarter, in what many have called the worst officiated game in NBA history. NBA commissioner David Stern has added to the controversy by brushing off these claims by say Donaghy is a felon and not to be trusted.
Now, studies using mathematics have came out to support his claims, and go further to say that since 2000 , the stats show there have been an unusual amount of game 7's.
Mathematics estimate (formula below) that a NBA Playoff series will go the full seven games approximately 18% of the time. Since 2000, a surprisingly large 26% of non-first round NBA Series have extended to the maximum seven games. That’s 44% more often than expected. That’s 16 of 62 Series when only 11 would have been expected. RJ Bell of Pregame.com said: “The odds of this increase happening randomly are less than 1%, approximately 180 to 1.”
Why consider non-first round Series only? Two reasons: A) First round Series were only five games before 2003. B) If the league did attempt to extend a Series for financial gain, the gain, and thus the temptation, would have been much less in the first round.
The math behind the estimate that 18% of Series should go seven games? Assume the average favorite has a 60% chance to win the Series (sometimes the better team will have a better chance than that, sometimes worse; 60% is a solid average estimate). The odds of a series extending to 7 games is: P(favorite winning at least 4 of 7 games) + P(underdog winning at least 4 of 7 games) – P(favorite sweeping 4 ) – P(underdog sweeping 4) – P(favorite winning exactly 4 of 5) - P(underdog winning exactly 4 of 5) - P(favorite winning exactly 4 of 6) - P(underdog winning exactly 4 of 6).
44% more Game 7s than expected clearly supports Tim Donaghy’s claim that the NBA Playoffs are officiated with the agenda of extending Series as long as possible.
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Not exactly a world ending conspiracy, but none the less serious seeing as how they may have been giving consumers a false product that they help put hundreds of millions of dollars into the organization. Also, this comes off a wave of allegations of cheating and coverups in other professional sports, steriods in baseball, Spygate in football.
Originally posted by Universal Light
... Over time, I started to realize that everything might be fixed. Then I relaized I could tell which posters were moles and which were legit. I was able to take the opposite advice of the moles and made a lot of money. I stopped gambling long ago but I came to realize more or less how they worked.
Sports are scripted out far in advance. Sometimes things change towards the day of a match or game but overall, the outcome is known well in advance. The powers give the advanced results of games to internet moles and they set out to deter bettors from betting on the correct side. They have many diversonary tactics and stalk people who are winning. More people are catching on to this, so they have started creating aliases where they act normal for a period of time and then flip over to accomplish their agenda."