Theres something wrong with the NBA.... (Edited 04/17/10 03:32PM by bayareabeast21)
I don't know if anyone remembers, but well before the Tim Donaghy scandal was exposed, I once posted this as my headline/thought of the day. I would see crazy, bizarre things all the time.The truth is, there really is something wrong with the NBA. Its things you wouldn't notice unless you had money riding on games for several seasons.
Anyone who believes that professional sports games are never fixed needs a reality check. With the amount of money that is placed on sporting events today, what is stopping more Tim Donaghys from subtly altering the outcome of the team that covers or the over/under. Keep in mind it does not necesssarily affect the outcome of the winner/loser simply the point spread.
Imagine you are an NBA referree and a crooked one at that. Whats stopping you from calling your brother in law, (who has a different last name as you) from opening an account with some offshore sportsbook, depositing 25k, maxing out a bet on the Magic to cover the -5.5 against the Hawks? These online sportsbooks today ensure confidentiality and will allow any post up player to come and wager with them anytime.
One thing is clear. If there were to be clandestine maneuvers like this, it would be much easier for the ref to bet the underdawg + the points, rather than the favorite. It really wouldn't be that hard. Watch the video below, and on the same page as that video are several links you might find interesting to say the least.
Anyhow my question to this poll is this: Do you believe that NBA games today are still being fixed?
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