If you’ve ever wondered if NFL games are rigged, you’re not alone. Some have even gone as far as to claim that the Super Bowl is rigged. After all, no team has ever come back from being 25 down in a Super Bowl or played at home. It’s quite possible that the game is rigged, but it’s far from clear. So what is the truth?
According to some people, NFL games are rigged to generate more revenue and viewership. The game officials intentionally stack the odds against a particular team to increase their prize money. It’s been documented in the past that referees have even admitted to tampering with games. The prize pool of the Super Bowl in 2005 was estimated to be millions of dollars, so if one team lost, the other would still win. There’s also evidence that officials are paid for tipping games.
Another game that was marred by controversy was Super Bowl 56. While the Los Angeles Rams won, the game was marred by controversy over questionable refereeing and a contested touchdown pass. However, the game went on to win the Super Bowl for the Rams, despite the skeptics’ claims. A tuck rule and spy gate were largely ignored. In addition, the Saints’ game was marred by a controversial touchdown pass. While these examples aren’t indicative of the NFL rigged game, they do make a strong case.
Are NFL games rigged? If so, who is involved? If you are looking for proof, you must start by examining the way the NFL operates. Most NFL teams are unofficially rigged. Some teams make more money than others and are therefore more financially stable. A scripted season could lead to significant revenue growth for the NFL. That would be an extremely lucrative situation for everyone involved. However, the NFL’s structure is not conducive to such a situation. The players and coaches are not protected under United States antitrust laws.