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Old 08-20-2007, 05:22 PM   #1
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If it could happen in the NBA, what about the NFL?

With the gambling debacle facing the NBA and apparent misdeeds of a referee (and maybe more), what are everyone’s thoughts on potential game fixing in other professional sports?
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Old 08-20-2007, 05:23 PM   #2
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With the gambling debacle facing the NBA and apparent misdeeds of a referee (and maybe more), what are everyone’s thoughts on potential game fixing in other professional sports?
I'd say NFL officials have much less motivation for it. They work much less and get paid about the same. Plus they aren't subject to the same ridicule that NBA refs are. I also imagine the NFL does a better job of policing.
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Old 08-20-2007, 05:27 PM   #3
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Re: If it could happen in the NBA, what about the NFL?

Most NFL refs. have very good day time jobs like docs, lawyers, judges, etc.. and ref because they enjoy doing so. I'm sure it could happen but with so many less games in the NFL they fall under a tough micorscope which would make it tough to keep making bad calls.
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Re: If it could happen in the NBA, what about the NFL?

I've listened to discussion on the radio and I have spoken to friends about this

VERY VERY VERY hard to do for an NFL ref. I don't think it has to do with motivation FRPLG. I was reading something that said that much of the motivation was just the thrill of affecting the game and the thrill of betting. The NBA ref was making 250,000 a year. BUt yeah, i'm sure money does have to do with it quite a lot.

It is very hard for a NFL ref to do it.

- FIrst thing, it takes a lot more to affect a nfl game. How many Pass interference calls can a ref make? How many holding calls against a team without being noticed? How many no calls without fans calling foul and if that happens in 4 games in one season it raises more eyebrows.
NBA games are easier to manipulate. A betting structure in the NBA that is easily manipulated is overall points. A ref just needs to call 2 more fouls a quarter and can increase the points for the game significantly.

- NExt a ref in the NBA makes a call and there is no dispute by other refs usually. THere are 7 refs on the field in football. The whole crew would all have to be in on it to:
1: affect the game significantly
2: not have the calls noticed by the other refs.
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Old 08-20-2007, 05:39 PM   #5
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Re: If it could happen in the NBA, what about the NFL?

If you try to fix games in the NFL as a backjudge or an umpire, you will stick out like a sore thumb. A whole crew would have to be in on it, IMO, and that is extremely unlikely.
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With the gambling debacle facing the NBA and apparent misdeeds of a referee (and maybe more), what are everyone’s thoughts on potential game fixing in other professional sports?
Well I have always said that the "Tom Brady Tuck Rule Game" was the biggest load of shit that I have ever seen. For my entire life up until then what happened on that play was a fumble. IF YOUR ARM IS NOT GOING FORWARD AT THE TIME THEN IT IS A FUMBLE !!!! NOT if you pump faked earlier and then lost the ball, hogwash. THAT is why I cannot stand the Patriots OR Tom Brady. I respect their talent but what happened that day was shameful. I've seen the Redskins hosed on some calls before but the Raiders caught it in the game leading up to the Super Bowl.
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also the coaches can challenge most plays, even fumbles now
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