The stealer's didn't have a winning season...and you know the stealer's an elite team didn't make the playoffs...there's seems shady to me ...you know they always aint going to go to the championship or the superbowl but it doesn't make sense that a elite team such as the stealer's didn't go to the playoffs out of all teams
The NFL is a corporation with 32 departments. The total league revenues are shared equally so there is no punishment for owning Jacksonville vs Kansas City vs Dallas.
A few fundamentals need to be established:
First, the NFL possesses an Anti-Trust Exemption to the law granted to it by President John F. Kennedy, which ultimately allows the NFL to classify itself as "entertainment" rather than sport, as well as incorporate itself as a single entity instead of the 32 separate "franchises" they would want you to believe.
Second, in a 2004 lawsuit vs the NFL, the NFL argued they are not a collection of 32 teams, but a single entity. They compete as a unit in the entertainment marketplace, and not subject to Anti-Trust laws." Like the WWE.
Third, NFL Referees are part-time employees of the NFL. NFL refs make less than $75,000 per season. They work for the league, period. Referees are bound by NFL mandated gag orders which prevent them from talking to the media.
The "Patriots" post 9/11 run.
The Saints 40 years of losing, then winning a title for a Katrina ravaged city.
The Harbaugh Bowl
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In 2007 a Jets season ticket holder sued the NFL for $185 million and the case reached the US Supreme Court. The Jets fan argued that, all Jets fans are entitled to refunds because they paid for a ticket to a legitimate sporting event. Had he been aware that the games were not real then we would not have gone.
The Judge stated that a ticket to a game only provides you access to the stadium. The fan entered the stadium, witnessed a game, therefore he did not suffer any damages. The fan's lawyer disagreed and argued that the NFL committed consumer fraud.
Judges ruled that fixing a game for entertainment purposes was completely LEGAL.
In 2000 Art Model, a storied and respected owner of the Baltimore Ravens announced he was selling the team. Miraculously, even with one of the worst offenses in NFL history, they won the Super Bowl. And the Ravens were subsequently sold to Steve Busciotti for a record price.
Robert Kraft and John Mara are two of the most business savvy and highly respected NFL owners. Kraft is in charge of the NFL TV broadcast committee and also leads all television negotiations for the NFL. Kraft also is on the board of Viacom (CBS). Kraft negotiated a record TV deal resulted in $24 Billion in revenue.
Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank was interviewed saying "It is predetermined that these two teams would be here, I wish my team was selected to be in the Super Bowl, but these two gentlemen deserve it".
There are many more examples, and no one wants this to be true.....But it is. The NFL said it themselves in court. We are entertainment and we can manage outcomes as we see fit. We're EXEMPT. Thanks for reading all of this. It is compiled from many sources.
No one can deny that the Patriots laid down in the AFC Conference Championship. The Ravens DID NOT outplay them by any means. So how can a high-flying Patriot offense lose to an aging, mediocre Ravens defense? With a little help. The Ravens are in fact the team of destiny this year, because it was made to be so. This team lost 5 of its last 6 games and had ZERO momentum going into the playoffs. Ray Lewis decides to retire, and the "Harbowl" seems a whole lot more attractive to the league, with it being Lewis' last game to boot. It seems too good to be true, and it's probably because it is. It's a nice story, and it's sure to get the league more ratings and the attention away from concussions, but it doesn't add to the integrity of the game.
I have been a fan since I was a child. One only has to read a few comments above to begin seeing the bigger picture. Out of the last ten Super Bowls, 6 of them have been decided by 4 points or less. Why have the games been so close? Is it just a coincidence? Is it a coincidence that ten years ago a 30 second commercial would set back a company just over a million dollars and ten years later that same 30 second slot now exceeds 4 million dollars? If the "big game" was a blow out before the 2nd Quarter even started, people would lose interest and advertisers paying 4 million wouldn't be too happy now would they? Keep the games close and you keep the people watching. I believe the refs are in on the scandal. These people can dictate the outcome of any game. We saw this come to light in Super Bowl 47.
During the last season, Baltimore was struggling just to make it to the playoffs, but when ray Lewis announced that he is retiring after the season, they come out of nowhere and win the Superbowl. Even though in the last minute there was a holding call on the Ravens that was not called. Last year the same thing happened to the New York Giants. They came from barely winning their division to winning the Superbowl, but the following year they don't even make it to the playoffs. In most sports the team that wins the championship usually has a good season, they may not win or make it to the championship, but they always get close to winning.
For the NFL to be rigged the players wouldn't have to know anything about it. The higher ups pick and pay the refs themselves. Patriots win 5 months after 9/11. Saints are good for the first time ever after Katrina. Elway wins twice when he announces retirement. Jerome Bettis wins a Super Bowl in his hometown to retire. And after watching Ray Lewis and Co. Push a referee and not even get penalized last night how can you not think its rigged?
I really only watch the 1st, 3rd-4th quarter. Way too many advertisements these days. It would be interesting (not really) to figure out what percentage of the game time slot is advertisements. It's pretty sad, but that's why football makes much more money than any other sport. They can't take commercial breaks for soccer, rugby, or hockey. Not worth it for broadcast rights or syndication on network tv.
Lets go back to 1998. It all starts with the Denver Broncos. Elway plans to retire but has no Super Bowl rings. How will he ever make it into the HOF without them? No problem. Wins 2 back to back super bowls, as if to say, one isn't a guarantee or too obvious, so 2 it is. The following year we have Grocery Boy Kurt Warner and the greatest show on turf, against the miracle Titans, where the rams win "by the longest yard"... Fast-forward 2 years, we have one of the largest tragedies in american history, AKA, 9/11 and the Twin Towers. We also have an unknown "dynasty" in the makings with a bunch of unknown individuals knows as the PATRIOTS, who come out of nowhere and beat what is still one of the best offenses in the Rams. Can we say "moral booster"? Needless to say, we can't make it obvious, so we must now have the Patriots in a lot more Super Bowls so it doesn't look so obvious. Not to mention their scandal that was legally just "washed away". Spygate anyone? Fast forward to 2006. The Pittsburgh Steelers. Jerome Bettis retirement party in, where... None other than his hometown of Detroit. What a great place to win a Super Bowl and retire right? Then we have Peyton Manning finally win the Super Bowl, followed up by his brother Eli the very next season, only to defeat this "dynasty" team. Oh the irony of all these stories. Maybe we just notch them all up to "coincidence"... or then again we realize just how much money the NFL is worth and the excitement value attached to it all.
General thoughts on mechanisms allowing manipulation.
I would like to know who in here believes that the NFL is fixed or at least some games are fixed? If so, who fixes them and how do they do it? I would love to hear all of the theories that people have.
I'd imagine there are lots of ways games could be slanted. I don't know the exact process of how the officials prepare for games but I would not be surprised if they watched each of the teams games in the week prior. If that happens the NFL make calls saying watch such and such play where this guy held, they were getting away with *that a lot last game, we want you to watch for *that.
Alternately they might send them game tape showing various plays over the season with the same intent: we want you to emphasize *this, it's been a real problem. On the same line of process, they might release weekly grades for the officials, we think this crew did well, we think *this was an exemplary game (by outcome).
There is a league official with communication to the field in every game and they would serve many of the same functions afore mentioned, by noting calls that may have been missed or were perhaps questionable in the minds of those reviewing.
Finally, after games there is likely a review process where officials would get *feedback and in doing so could determine whether they were *interpreting signals correctly.
Broadly I think the biases that occur are competition/entertainment bias.
The NFL's referees are the biggest puppets of this gimmick called the NFL. The refs control the game from start to finish, like Tom Brady's infamous tuck rule against the Raiders who always seem to get screwed by the refs. I believe the NFL goes in cycles. Vikings WILL be good in a couple years, why? Because they haven't had their glory in 30 years. Patriots had theirs, Baltimore had theirs due to the fact of Ray Lewis retiring, THE NFL IS FIXED.