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The NBA is Fixed?
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Posted on 12/07/2009 9:50:27 AM PST by big black dog

Players and coaches have been instructed not to talk about it, so they could not comment on this, but former NBA referee Tim Donaghy’s book ‘Personal Foul: A First-Person Account of the Scandal that Rocked the NBA’ has found a publisher and is out just in time for Christmas.

Of note to Nuggets fans will be this passage, in reference to a Nuggets 93-67 loss in San Antonio in the last game of the 2003-04 regular season that was officiated by Donaghy along with Dick Bavetta. It is part of a longer excerpt posted on Deadspin.com not too long ago:

‘Two weeks before the 2003–04 season ended, Bavetta and I were assigned to officiate a game in Oakland. That afternoon before the tip-off, we were discussing an upcoming game on our schedule. It was the last regular-season game we were scheduled to work, pitting Denver against San Antonio. Denver had lost a game a few weeks prior because of a mistake made by the referees, a loss that could be the difference between them making or missing the playoffs. Bavetta told me Denver needed the win and that it would look bad for the staff and the league if the Nuggets missed the playoffs by one game. There were still a few games left on the schedule before the end of the season, and the standings could potentially change. But on that day in Oakland, Bavetta looked at me and casually stated, “Denver will win if they need the game. That’s why I’m on it.”

I was thinking, How is Denver going to win on the road in San Antonio? At the time, the Spurs were arguably the best team in the league. Bavetta answered my question before it was asked.

“Duncan will be on the bench with three fouls within the first five minutes of the game,” he calmly stated.

Bavetta went on to inform me that it wasn’t the first time the NBA assigned him to a game for a specific purpose. He cited examples, including the 1993 playoff series when he put New Jersey guard Drazen Petrovic on the bench with quick fouls to help Cleveland beat the Nets. He also spoke openly about the 2002 Los Angeles–Sacramento series and called himself the NBA’s “go-to guy.”

As it turned out, Denver didn’t need the win after all; they locked up a spot in the playoffs before they got to San Antonio. In a twist of fate, it was the Spurs that ended up needing the win to have a shot at the division title, and Bavetta generously accommodated. In our pre-game meeting, he talked about how important the game was to San Antonio and how meaningless it was to Denver, and that San Antonio was going to get the benefit of the calls that night. Armed with this inside information, I called Jack Concannon before the game and told him to bet the Spurs.

To no surprise, we won big. San Antonio blew Denver out of the building that evening, winning by 26 points. When Jack called me the following morning, he expressed amazement at the way an NBA game could be manipulated.’


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1 posted on 12/07/2009 9:50:27 AM PST by big black dog
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To: big black dog
Business accounting is a fraud (see Enron).
Science is a fraud (see CRU).
Elections are a fraud (see Franken v Coleman)

Now sports are a fraud.

I'm amazed people are burning this place down.

2 posted on 12/07/2009 9:54:44 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (Play the Race Card -- lose the game.)
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To: big black dog

I have no doubt that most pro sports are manipulated. I stopped watching the NBA 15 years ago, and stopped watching the NFL 3 years ago. I still watch MLB, for the time being, in spite of it’s obvious problems.


3 posted on 12/07/2009 9:55:01 AM PST by SoDak (bitter clinger)
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To: big black dog

Sounds like both gangstas and gangsters.


4 posted on 12/07/2009 9:55:34 AM PST by crusty old prospector
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To: big black dog

What a boring game.


5 posted on 12/07/2009 9:58:18 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. May yur bandwidth exceed your girth)
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To: SoDak
I have no doubt that most pro sports are manipulated.

Anybody watching the Saints/Redskins game yesterday would surely entertain such thoughts.

6 posted on 12/07/2009 10:01:08 AM PST by big black dog
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To: NormsRevenge

The NBA has been boring, if not borderline atrocious for most of the past 10-15 years since Jordan was in his prime. Though it wasn’t just him. There were dozens of other marque players who were worthwhile and most importantly, fun to watch. Now...gar-bage.


7 posted on 12/07/2009 10:06:10 AM PST by mkboyce
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To: ClearCase_guy
Now sports are a fraud.

Now? Sports have been riddled with fraud since the advent of, well, sports.

8 posted on 12/07/2009 10:07:28 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: big black dog
The NBA is Fixed

"Do I even need to say it?"

9 posted on 12/07/2009 10:07:28 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: mkboyce

When players took 4 and 5 steps with no dribble thru the lane and leapt to slam dunk the basket.. the game was over for me. Swish!


10 posted on 12/07/2009 10:08:39 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. May yur bandwidth exceed your girth)
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To: big black dog
Anybody watching the Saints/Redskins game yesterday would surely entertain such thoughts.

I call it "The Miracle in D.C.!"

11 posted on 12/07/2009 10:13:43 AM PST by houeto (Free Republic will not support RINOS!! Rudy McRomney, et al, can go straight to hell!! -JR)
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To: big black dog

After watching a completely zombified Vikings get shellacked by the Cardinals last night, I think you can toss the NFL on that fraud heap as well.


12 posted on 12/07/2009 10:14:23 AM PST by Dead Corpse (III)
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To: SoDak

I’m (unwillingly to be honest) going down that same NFL road. The rules so subject to referee interpretation that the defender could be called on just about any given play in which there is contact. What really got me thinking about this was the Indianapolis/New England game. Indianapolis was badly behind in the fourth period and suddenly benefits from a 31 yard pass interference call, a New England TD called a fumble over the goal line and touchback, and a 4th & 2 New England pass reception for first down yardage marked short of a first down because the receiver was judged not to have been in control of the ball before being driven back by the defense.

Maybe New England has suddenly become that bad. Maybe all these were legitimate calls by the refs. Maybe my eyes were deceiving me.

But I’m really wondering now.


13 posted on 12/07/2009 10:14:45 AM PST by Senator John Blutarski (The progress of government: republic, democracy, technocracy, bureaucracy, plutocracy, kleptocracy,)
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Donaghy claimed on CBS' 60 Minutes last night that he never let his bets on a game he officiated influence the way he called it. And notice how he tries to put the blame for the biased officiating on others: his supervisors and officiating colleagues. What a phony!

Just like the 'Rats in Washington placing the blame for the failed economy on the Bush administration.

14 posted on 12/07/2009 10:16:14 AM PST by justiceseeker93
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To: 1rudeboy

Pete Rose will give you odds that you can’t prove that!


15 posted on 12/07/2009 10:16:57 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (Play the Race Card -- lose the game.)
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To: big black dog

Most sport fouls are becoming as subjective as Olympic Gymnastic scores! They are TOTALLY arbitrary!

Did anyone see the New Orleans/Washington game yesterday? How about the Texas/Nebraska game on Saturday - the kickoff called down at the one for Texas? How about last year’s Super Bowl - there is less holding in Greco-Roman, WWE and sumo wrestling combined than what was NOT called in that game alone! Mavericks/Heat NBA championship series in 2006?

It is completely at the whim of the officials, the league and that’s just the way it is! I watch very few games now, and I can’t remember the last time I sat down and watched a complete game of ANY sport!


16 posted on 12/07/2009 10:19:28 AM PST by ExTxMarine (Hey Congress: Go Conservative or Go Home!)
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To: Senator John Blutarski

I’m reluctantly going down that same NFL road. For example, the pass inerference rules are now so broad and subject to referee interpretation that the defender could be called on just about any given play in which there is contact. This essentially puts them in control of the game, if they wish to be so.

What really got me thinking about this issue was the Indianapolis/New England game. Indianapolis was badly behind in the fourth period and suddenly in quick succession was the beneficiary of a 31 yard pass interference call, a New England TD called a fumble over the goal line and touchback, and a 4th & 2 New England pass reception for first down yardage marked short of a first down because the receiver was judged not to have been in control of the ball before being driven back by the defense.

Maybe New England has suddenly become that bad. Maybe all these were legitimate calls by the refs. Maybe my eyes were deceiving me.

But I’m really wondering now.


17 posted on 12/07/2009 10:20:26 AM PST by Senator John Blutarski (The progress of government: republic, democracy, technocracy, bureaucracy, plutocracy, kleptocracy,)
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To: ExTxMarine
How about last year’s Super Bowl - there is less holding in Greco-Roman, WWE and sumo wrestling combined than what was NOT called in that game alone!

Yeah, and it has continued into this season. I can't believe how much James Harrison from Pittsburgh has been held without penalty.

18 posted on 12/07/2009 10:22:25 AM PST by kosciusko51
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To: kosciusko51

Don’t get me wrong, Pittsburgh played the better game.

But, both teams were holding like heavy-weight boxers in the twelfth round, and only the Cardinals got called on them! The rules are the rules - for both teams!

If you aren’t going to call them, then don’t - or better yet, get rid of the rule and let them fight it out in the trenches like the NFL in the 1940’s!!


19 posted on 12/07/2009 10:27:23 AM PST by ExTxMarine (Hey Congress: Go Conservative or Go Home!)
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To: big black dog

“Anybody watching the Saints/Redskins game yesterday would surely entertain such thoughts.”

Yes! The second foot was out of bounds and the forearm was on the ground.

Mustn’t ruin the “Will they remain perfect” suspense. Can’t have a team that might be in the Superbowl lose to a bunch of losers.


20 posted on 12/07/2009 10:28:15 AM PST by Tublecane
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