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No, Fair and Balanced Yes, might as well be WWF
Debate Score:74
Arguments:31
Total Votes:87
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Are all professional sports rigged?

Sports are a business, not a sport

No, Fair and Balanced

Side Score: 36
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Yes, might as well be WWF

Side Score: 38
5 points
Professional sports are not rigged, although I don't know if I can go as far to say they are fair and balanced. Nothing in life is fair, and officials do blow calls sometime (and sometimes they are corrupt as evidenced in the NBA). However, as a former pro athlete I strongly believe that leagues do as much as they possibly can to uphold the integrity of the game.
6 years ago | Side: No, Fair and Balanced
5 points
Some things cannot be rigged. Looks at the Western Kentucky vs. Drake game in the NCAA tournament last weekend...how could you possibly plan to sink a 3-pointer last second like that?
6 years ago | Side: No, Fair and Balanced
Heath22(143) Disputed
4 points
rigged sports aren't always about who wins. That's why bookies have spreads. Also, it's possible for last second flukes like what you're talking about to happen, and thus ruin a "locked game"... But either way, the question was in regards to professional sports, and you're quoting an NCAA match...
6 years ago | Side: Yes, might as well be WWF
2 points

yeah it's about having more fans not who wins.

6 years ago | Side: Yes, might as well be WWF
2 points

I agree that does seem alittle unbelieveble that.

6 years ago | Side: No, Fair and Balanced
4 points
Did you watch the Superbowl? No way that ever could have been rigged.
6 years ago | Side: No, Fair and Balanced
Heath22(143) Disputed
3 points
The superbowl could easily have been rigged... It's not ballet where every single twist and turn is choreographed, it's a ref. that gives questionable calls to one team, or a player that just happens to have a bad game, or a lineman that keeps failing to block the blitzing linebacker which gives the quarterback less time to throw downfield, yada yada yada.
6 years ago | Side: Yes, might as well be WWF
No, not all. Only baseball, basketball, football, hockey, tennis, soccer, lacrosse, boxing, wrestling, horse racing, and auto racing... but I don't think professional poker is.
6 years ago | Side: No, Fair and Balanced
Daniel9014(10) Disputed
2 points

every thing sept wrestling my freind that you said.

6 years ago | Side: Yes, might as well be WWF
3 points

no they are not rigged. if sports were rigged the government wouldnt investigate every time someone cheats in the game such as the mitchell report and steroids.

5 years ago | Side: No, Fair and Balanced
2 points

No.Not all but some as wwe only fake not fixed the ref. chooses every single time but cut it some slack.most cartoons and reality shows are fake.So they make it were they don't kill them selves and you all get mad cuz it's fake and stop watching thats not to fair it's a dang show for pete's sake.But all base ball and excedra is real i mean you can force where the ball goes,and when to be there so yeah i have to say no for this one :)

6 years ago | Side: No, Fair and Balanced
1 point

There are just too many moving parts in most sports games for their to be rigs. Take hockey for example. There are the coaches of both teams, general managers who want to keep their jobs, owners who want their players and team to succeed in order to generate revenue, approx. 20 skaters per team and 3 goalies per team, not to mention 2 linesmen and 2 referees. There is just too much going on in many sports and it would be too obvious for a fix not to mention it would be angerly exposed by anyone who it affected if it were to happen. In a sport like kickboxing or MMA i can understand since there are only 2 players but any team sport with the rare occasional soccer rig is fair and balanced.

1 year ago | Side: No, Fair and Balanced
3 points
There is too much money involved in professional sports for it not to be rigged in some way. There always will be someone on the take, affecting the game in some way. Look at that NBA ref! Aside from that, everyone makes too much money too early in their career(Life) to really care about the competition itself.
6 years ago | Side: Yes, might as well be WWF
3 points

The only thing proven so far is people think their opinion is somehow evidence of fact. I cannot believe what i read who wrote this stuff 8 yr olds? - This is not what is your opinion - oh the world is so beautiful and everyone is nice - WRONG this is a place for DEBATING - debates have logical statements based on factual evidence not the opinions of someone who watched a basketball game one time and now knows it couldn't possibly be rigged. SPORTS ARE RIGGED!

Would you leave a multi-billion dollar business up to chance? If you would explains why you don't run them.

Instead of saying I believe this or I believe that, lets turn to the players, coaches, refs and Supreme Court Justices! and see what they say-

http://www.americanfreepress.net/html/pro_sports_rigged_232.html

U.S. Circuit Judge Robert E. Cowen ruled that, at best, tickets to a football game don’t come with the promise that the contest will be a fair one. Fans only have the legal right to see a game, and nothing more. The league doesn’t have to follow any certain rules or laws regarding the outcome of these games.”

"officials are employees of each league, it’s not considered bribery, or even an illegality, if a referee does or doesn’t make a certain call. They’re nothing more than paid company men following a script."

"To prevent whistleblowers, the NFL instituted a profit-sharing program where every team in the league, even the worst ones, benefits as more money is generated. They’re all in the same boat, and no one wants to poison the message by saying specific games are fixed. In addition, Tuohy points out that many NFL team owners have organized-crime backgrounds and direct connections to gambling outfits."

This is factual evidence: "NBA referee Tim Donaghy, who provided inside information to gamblers, allowing them an 80 percent accuracy rate in predicting the outcome of games" thats not a fluke and you can watch interviews of Tim Donaghy saying these things because they're not even illegal to do!

Best Example: Pittsburgh Steelers VS Seattle Seahawks - It was a dream year for the Steelers that as the league viewed could only end one way. In this game "calls" by officials create a 30 point swing of points to the Steelers who end up winning. If you can watch this game and say the officials did a fair job then theres no point in talking to you.

Since every argument pro-fair sports is the same "It can't be because it can't be" and "Nope its not" and "No one would ever think of doing that, everyone loves everyone" has no bearing on reality. It looks as if this argument is only one sided and that side is Pro-Sports is a business of entertainment not fairness, money must be made and if they can do anything about that then its their job to do so, to hell with fairness...

3 years ago | Side: Yes, might as well be WWF
kennyscott(2) Disputed
1 point

Steelers Seahawks game only had 31 points in total. Steelers capitalized on plays, Seahawks didn't and if you can't accept that Seattle fan then there is no point in talking to you, Good day suh!!!

1 year ago | Side: No, Fair and Balanced

Yes. The team with the most money usually wins. Look at the Yankees. Year after year, they have the highest payroll. Now look- they have 26 world series championships.

Every time a team is doing well, the star athlete wants more and more money. When money takes that player to another team, his/her former team suffers.

Plus, sports teams are mainly paid for by the government. This allows bigger cities and states to have higher payrolls, nicer stadiums, and a larger fan base.

6 years ago | Side: Yes, might as well be WWF
Daniel9014(10) Disputed
2 points

Thats some bull crap go play base ball and see if you can hit it where you want it!

6 years ago | Side: No, Fair and Balanced
2 points

..I think the pro sports are set up..and the reason is...one they are all friends...and they talk all the time..they are stars, so they know whos gooing to win the game before it even starts...I've seen plays in football that didnt make any sense what so ever...

5 years ago | Side: Yes, might as well be WWF
2 points

....I see plays in pro sports that just dont make any sense why they would even do a play like that..for example in football its 4th down with 2 seconds to go, you just should knee it and game over, but no they try to hand off and fumble, other team runs it back for a td...

5 years ago | Side: Yes, might as well be WWF
2 points

Even history in movies is tampered with to make it more attractive to the public and bring in the big bucks. Sports are highly focused on gaining and keeping their audience and even go to extremes of letting Barry Bonds and others take illegal drugs to boost sales and viewing audience when the public was clearly able to see Bonds was on something. The NBA "does not subject their players to randomized drug testing AT ALL during the season after their rookie year and every season thereafter they are tested just during training camp" and I found no evidence to state the rules have changed, so the NBA barely even drug tests and the benefits of allowing them to use drugs would help the players, teams and the sport in the profit column. The NFL steroid use was 1 in 10 back in 2009, so they fall into the same pattern. The lack of concern for the human body is a placing of the buck over human life and shows the mores of professionals running these majors sport industries. What lengths would they go to to continue the gravy train? As many have said their is too much money on the line, all major sports are probably rigged and it would be hard to prove like price fixing. Professional sports and sports media needs to be cleaned up as well as many other areas of our society.

Quote is from:

http://www.thesportsjury.com/20101124579/nba/anabolic-steroid-abuse-in-the-nba-youd-be-surprised

3 years ago | Side: Yes, might as well be WWF
1 point

college sports arent rigged, its the pro sports that are rigged...its funny how these players get injured in the pro's and they are out the whole season..and then you have college players with the same injury and they are back playing in a week...

5 years ago | Side: Yes, might as well be WWF
MisterGuy Disputed
2 points

"its funny how these players get injured in the pro's and they are out the whole season..and then you have college players with the same injury and they are back playing in a week"

It's also funny how those pro players are significantly OLDER than college players and that they've played in way more games than college players. The wear and tear on the body gets to be pretty hard in the pros.

Your "argument" here proves nothing.

4 years ago | Side: No, Fair and Balanced
markt1964(1) Disputed
1 point

If, for example, the NHL were rigged, then then NHL itself would be legally culpable if a player fight happened to end with a player dying. This has happened in the (not terribly distant) past, and there would be absolutely nothing in it for the survivor of the fight to not incriminate the league itself for fixing the game in the first place.

1 year ago | Side: No, Fair and Balanced
1 point

i think teachers should make more money than pro players...back in the day in pro baseball...if you didnt play you didnt get paid...

5 years ago | Side: Yes, might as well be WWF
MisterGuy Disputed
1 point

What does this argument have to do with whether or not ALL pro sports are rigged??

BTW, my Mom was a teacher, and I strongly feel that teachers should get paid more than pro players in ANY sport.

4 years ago | Side: No, Fair and Balanced
kennyscott(2) Disputed
1 point

Teachers don't deserve millions, nor do athletes. Nobody should make that much money more than what the wide portion of all workers make, teachers aren't the only ones working hard out there.

1 year ago | Side: Yes, might as well be WWF
1 point

In terms of the NHL, You have to look for what teams have a poor market. For example look at the Florida Panthers, the tickets are dirt cheap which includes all you can eat or drink. How can the owners possibly make money when they are offering all you can drink with the purchase of one ticket???? It is hockey markets that are on the verge of folding that end up going deep in the playoffs or winning the cup. Carolina Pathers, Anaheim ducks, Tampa Bay Lighthning, Chicago blackhawks, LA kings (NOW). Another example is how the Boston Bruins won the cup in 2011, the owner of the Bruins sits on the NHL board of governers. if you seriously seen the referring in that series you have to be stupid not to think the refs were leaning towards the bruins at all costs. Anything that involved BIG money has people pulling the strings at the top. Weather players are aware of it or not.

2 years ago | Side: Yes, might as well be WWF
1 point

"If politics is rigged, then it's safe to assume your favorite sport is rigged. Because guess who's making money off of that sports industry? The government ;)"

https://www.facebook.com/LifestyleServiceAgency/posts/404361789602880

2 years ago | Side: Yes, might as well be WWF
0 points
God, I hope not. Then what the hell are we living for?!?
6 years ago | Side: Yes, might as well be WWF
0 points

pro sports are rigged!!..its all money, thats all....thats all they want is money, money, money...

5 years ago | Side: Yes, might as well be WWF
MisterGuy Disputed
2 points

I note how you have given exactly ZERO evidence for your "argument". Try again...

4 years ago | Side: No, Fair and Balanced


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