Outside of the Box (part 1): Proven Facts of Match-Fixing in the NBA

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Outside of the Box (part 1): Proven Facts of Match-Fixing in the NBA
 

 
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Watching last night’s Eastern Conference Final “Game 7″ reminded me of watching wrestling back in 2001. That year the WrestleMania main event was “Stone Cold” Steve Austin vs. The Rock, who had just agreed to a movie deal to be in the next two The Mummy movies. I watched the match on a friend’s bootleg cable box and watched hoping that the Rock would win the match, go to Hollywood and walk on stage putting Brendan Fraiser’s candy a.ss to shame.

But it didn’t happen. Stone Cold won, The Rock got “injured” and was out of WWF action for eight months, and I realized wrestling was fake as Santa Claus.

I imagine that’s how a lot of basketball fans feel after watching last night’s game, so in celebration of “Tell-It-All Tuesday” I’m dropping some knowledge that will put your spirits at ease.

It’s all a game. In a more complex sense than you would imagine.

Just so you guys know, the NBA is fixed each year in conjunction with Vegas and advertising agencies.


Each time the playoffs roll around, certain refs get “inside info” that calls them to either extend series so the league generates more revenue, or finagle the final scores so Vegas doesn’t lose that much money.

These two guys fu*ked with the system.
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Jordan started betting on sports when people and casinos began to fix table games against him, which would make him Pete Rose if the league didn't have so much money tied up in him.

visit this link Michael Jordan's First Retirement: Was It a Secret Suspension? | Bleacher Report

Donaghy messed around and began taking advantage of his knowledge of which games would be fixed to pay off his own debts, something the league took notice of because of their business ties. Excerpt below is from Wikipedia.

June 10, 2008, Donaghy's attorney filed a court document alleging, among other things, that Game 6 of the 2002 Western Conference Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings was fixed by two referees. The letter states that Donaghy "learned from Referee A that Referees A and F wanted to extend the series to seven games. Tim knew Referees A and F to be 'company men', always acting in the interest of the NBA, and that night, it was in the NBA's interest to add another game to the series."[39] The Lakers won Game 6, attempting 18 more free throws than the Kings in the fourth quarter, and went on to win the 2002 NBA Finals. The teams were not named, but the Western Conference Finals was the only seven-game series that year.[40]The document claimed that Donaghy told federal agents that to increase television ratings and ticket sales, "top executives of the NBA sought to manipulate games using referees".[39] It also said that NBA officials would tell referees to not call technical fouls on certain players, and states that a referee was privately reprimanded by the league for ejecting a star player in the first quarter of a January 2000 game.[39] Stern denied the accusations, calling Donaghy a "singing, cooperating witness".After the ref scandal came out the league began using shot manipulation technology, unseen technology that can control the outcome of games on the spot by controlling whether shots go in or not. That way referee involvement is minimized and no one, besides the NBA, has full knowledge of the outcome of a game.
Right now the current fix is Heat/Spurs, because they're the only two teams at full strength with ring experience.

With a conference final you want at least two teams with a top ten media market ranking. Along with that, you want an NBA sponsored player (Chris Paul, Kevin Durant, etc) in the mix and this year that wasn't possible due to injuries to Boston, L.A., OKC. So we had Indiana in a seven game series to make up for the ad revenue lost by setting up in Indiana instead of LA.

You'll never hear NBA analysts speak on this because they all depend on the NBA for their livelihood. Listen to an ESPN broadcast during the Finals and hear how many times you hear, "Don't get fired."

I'll get into the technology with a later post but for now, I'll pique your interest with alleged times the technology was used.

Examples:
2004 Western Semi-Finals: The Lakers had an old, but star-filled team and stood to make more money than the San Antonio Spurs. A team that had talent but no American stars that were marketable. Because the U.S. was at war and in an Olympic year (which Manu Ginobli beat the U.S and became a gold medalist) the Americans won. By any means necessary.

visit this link Derek Fisher 0.4 Game Winning Shot - YouTube

2009 Eastern Finals: This game was meant to parallel Michael Jordan's career with LeBron James. Jordan's most iconic shot was his game winning jumper that game against Cleveland in March of 1990, before he won his first championship. This was supposed to inspire the belief that LeBron's career was aligned with the Greatest of All Time.

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visit this link LeBron's Buzzer Beater against Orlando Magic "NBA Semi Finals" - YouTube

Look familiar?

2012 Western Quarterfinals (Avoided Western Semifinal with 3 teams at the bottom of NBA's media market [OKC, Memphis, San Antonio] Memphis made one shot in 7 minutes in the last minutes of the 4th quarter.


visit this link LA Clippers Epic Comeback on Memphis Grizzlies - 2012 Playoffs - YouTube

2012 Finals (Heat HAD to win to hoist the trophy in Miami. sh*t could've gotten ugly if the Heat won in OKC)


visit this link NBA Micro-Movie: 2012 Finals - Game 5 - YouTube

visit this link Hawks fan throws 'Miracle Shot' from half court! - YouTube

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Every sport across the world is dirty, look at soccer and you’ll see hundreds of matches being fixed by different gambling organizations across the country. The NBA is beautiful, because not only do they have a way to complete control games without dealing with people directly, they maintain legitimacy by not allowing anyone else to speak on it without sounding like a tinfoil.

After last night’s game you gotta ask yourself…is it really a bad thing?

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 5 years ago '06        #2
Jaguar34 4 heat pts OP
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20 views and no comments....

Lot of Heat fans?
 5 years ago '10        #3
Deelo Deniroz 20 heat pts20
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Yeahh nba been rigged
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Stabbin101 
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Honestly, only idiots, morons, disabled, and autistic people deny the fact the NBA is rigged.

It's very easy to see it if you understand the game and actually play it and realize how much influence the refs have on the players ability to perform.

People on BX preach they know they game but really they have no clue of what the intangibles are and how this game is soooooo manipulated its not even funny.

The NBA is fake.

The only reason people still watch it is because they either love the sport and play it themselves or its just wildly entertaining with all these close games coming down to last second shots and what not.

Either way, NBA has all bases covered and will always make money.


I believe stern borough this culture of "game fixing" and "profit at any means" and had literally ruined the NBA.

Watch games prior to 1984 and you will see how different the game is controlled.

David stern fu*king rigged the 1985 NBA draft on camera and it was blatant and clear!!!!

You guys are idiots if you don't believe it.
 5 years ago '04        #5
jBoRiCuA 9 heat pts
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conspiracy theories
 5 years ago '12        #6
wiitPanther 16 heat pts16
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Sad but seems true. More games = more revenue. Whats up with that "Shot manipulation technology" though?
 5 years ago '11        #7
maxnn 129 heat pts129
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This is the funniest one IMO.
2012 Western Quarterfinals (Avoided Western Semifinal with 3 teams at the bottom of NBA's media market [OKC, Memphis, San Antonio] Memphis made one shot in 7 minutes in the last minutes of the 4th quarter.

Yeah, i have to go all the way back to....
THIS YEAR to find the last time these 3 teams made the semifinals in the same year.

People with these conspiracy theories are ridiculous.


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 5 years ago '12        #8
ThePainkiller 347 heat pts347
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Nice thread.
 5 years ago '05        #9
dahabi 90 heat pts90
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Of course it is. It's just fun to watch
 5 years ago '12        #10
thatsmygoat 5 heat pts
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this is so stupid

Vegas makes money either way

they dont need to fix games to make money
 5 years ago '06        #11
Jaguar34 4 heat pts OP
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 wiitPanther said:
Sad but seems true. More games = more revenue. Whats up with that "Shot manipulation technology" though?
Brace yourself

I used to work for an Orlando newspaper while in school and I've heard a great deal of information that supports the shot manipulation theory.


Again, the reason you haven't heard of this technology is because NBA reporters won't benefit from telling this story. It's also a difficult technology to replicate and it has only been used recently by the NBA because Donaghy brought a lot of unwanted attention to its officials.

The technology is based on two different theories, both of which are scientifically plausible, but not proven because the NBA would never let information like that slip and the patent would have to be held not by the NBA, but by the maker of the stadium equipment, a party that would be completely separate from the league.

1) The Magnet Theory

The first theory is that electromagnets are placed in two places, in the iron, and in the front tip of the hoop. If NBA game balls were made with a small iron core in the center (Which could be easily done through Spalding) shots could be completely controlled at any time simply by controlling the magnets by remote. Electromagnets create a field that will attract a ball to the center of the hoop if they are set to opposite polarity. When set to the same polarity they will create a field that will disrupt the natural path of a shot and make it very hard to make jumpshots.

Because of the strength of this magnetic force (which would actually be pretty powerful), the magnets would only be used in limited situations, and turned on only during the downward parabolic path of the shot.


Let's look at the shot by the Hawk fan one more time.



Applying this theory to the situation shows because the ball failed to follow a traditional parabolic arc (sh*t was flat as fu*k), it didn't get a chance to register with the second magnet, and went straight to the magnet rather than the field it was supposed to be attracted to.

When the shot was replayed on Pardon the Interruption, NBA analyst Michael Wilbon quickly downplayed the shot saying, "It happens all the time on the playground and basketball courts."


This is a basic explanation a UCF Electrical Engineer gave me when I asked of its feasibility.

When you throw stuff, it takes a predictable pattern. Even though not everyone understands the math behind it (see projectile motion), people naturally have a good eye for it, and would notice a lot if instead of the ball following a parabolic path, it got skewed in a way where it was attracted to the hoop. On the other hand, a system that would either make the shot go in or miss once the ball gets to the hoop could probably be done. If you had an electromagnet in the backboard, and another in the hoop, and iron in the ball, you could feasibly generate enough of a field to affect where the ball went without being too obvious. Having the magnets keep the ball out of the hoop would be a lot simpler than making the ball go in the hoop, but either would have some serious hurdles to implement. The control system necessary to actually put a ball from near the backboard into the hoop would be very difficult because having machines manipulate objects in real world situations is always difficult, and basketballs are really bouncy, which will make it even harder. Also, while I think that a system like that would have the chance of working sometimes, but it would only be in a certain set of situations where the ball was put into the right zone and from the right direction.
2) Vortex Theory

A cheaper, and less dangerous way would be to send a toroidal vortex of air to the hoop to affect shots positively or negatively.

This is a toroidal vortex used with steam.

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I got no extra information on this because I don't know any air pressure engineers, but consider what a gust of wind does to your shot when you're outside shooting, and imagine a cannon directly over the hoop. A very efficient machine could blow a vortex of air so powerful, that it could make a shot get "sucked in" to the center of the hoop if the cannon is well-placed and calibrated. It would also be capable of making shots rim out by expanding the center of the vortex beyond the perimeter of the rim.

Again, these are theories, but when placed against information like this....


And Utah's historic failure in their last game this season (36% FG) that ensured the Lakers would make the playoffs and Houston would play OKC, it makes you wonder.



Most of this information is done by myself (I work as a sports journalist) but do some research on the synthetic balls the NBA tried to use and the Vegas implications of the Heat's game 5 win (along with the Thunder's number of Charging fouls the Heat's 3 point % in that game) and maybe I won't look so crazy for doing this research.
 5 years ago '06        #12
Jaguar34 4 heat pts OP
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 thatsmygoat said:
this is so stupid

Vegas makes money either way

they dont need to fix games to make money
I'm talking about the NBA making a serious vig by giving that information to certain Vegas and International betting organizations.

Just take a gander at what's going on in soccer right now:

The advantage the NBA holds over soccer is that while soccer makes more money worldwide, the NBA is entirely self-governed. There is an absolute monopoly in American basketball (maybe the whole world) nothing gets out that they don't want and I had to change careers after finding this information out during Dwight's exile from Orlando.

 maxnn said:
This is the funniest one IMO.
2012 Western Quarterfinals (Avoided Western Semifinal with 3 teams at the bottom of NBA's media market [OKC, Memphis, San Antonio] Memphis made one shot in 7 minutes in the last minutes of the 4th quarter.

Yeah, i have to go all the way back to....
THIS YEAR to find the last time these 3 teams made the semifinals in the same year.

People with these conspiracy theories are ridiculous.
Again, injuries were the reason small market teams got as far as they did this year. It's more economically feasible to have a full strength small market team over an injury plagued team in the Finals. It stops players from catching the Jeremy Shockey Syndrome.

San Francisco/Golden State was a top 5 market team and Stern's port to his emerging Asian market. They made the West interesting and made some new fans in what would have been a terrible Western playoffs.


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 5 years ago '05        #13
StateProperty88 34 heat pts34
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i was told by someone in the know that a very prominent player threw an elimination game for 1 million a few years back
 5 years ago '12        #14
hou12 
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A lot of people on here are gonna try to insinuate that you're "crazy", but some people appreciate information like this
 5 years ago '08        #15
Dee Grande 1269 heat pts1269
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 StateProperty88 said:
i was told by someone in the know that a very prominent player threw an elimination game for 1 million a few years back
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So Derek fisher 0.4 shot is a fix?? Lol Im not being a a.ss I do believe in what your saying to an extent op but even in that kings/lakers game 6 they had to hit those free throws and that game winner Vlade tapped to the top of the key refs can only influence so much but that 0.4 shot was by the grace of God
 5 years ago '08        #17
tico86 150 heat pts150
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i agree
 5 years ago '12        #18
hou12 
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This explains a lot of things, actually
 5 years ago '06        #19
Jaguar34 4 heat pts OP
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 steeLTown said:
it does though...i've seen that sh*t on numerous occasions while playing pickup ball on playgrounds.

that shot manipulation theory though it sounds possible but that don't mean its true. unless you're directly involved in the game manipulations then you really don't know...gotta look it with an agnostic point of view.

i do for a fact though think the refs fix the games...sh*t is just too obvious sometimes
It's normal to see a shot get caught between the rim, iron and backboard, but never in my life have I seen a shot taken from more than ten feet out come to a complete stop on the top of the iron.

 StateProperty88 said:
i was told by someone in the know that a very prominent player threw an elimination game for 1 million a few years back
That used to be commonplace. In soccer, mobsters still buy off Keepers and Defenders for close to $5 mil for one game. But mobsters tend to lie, and players tend to snitch when they get caught. That's why Stern is the best in the game.

A new enemy approaches, though.

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 pierredaire said:
So Derek fisher 0.4 shot is a fix?? Lol Im not being a a.ss I do believe in what your saying to an extent op but even in that kings/lakers game 6 they had to hit those free throws and that game winner Vlade tapped to the top of the key refs can only influence so much but that 0.4 shot was by the grace of God
it was just a fadeaway
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