Ch. 1: Greed, Corruption, & Fixing

To the fans of this site:

Over the past 6 months I have been going through a significant personal and professional struggle with my relationship with sports. I am no longer sure where I stand as a fan of the NBA and NFL. I have been giving a lot of thought towards how to proceed with the Historical Resource and website that I have spent 6 years creating, and whether or not to proceed at all with the continued investment of my time, energy, and money into this site.

As a lifelong fan of football and basketball, I was very upset by some incidences where games were clearly officiated unfairly and with an agenda- to the extent in which it became suspicious to me (and others) that the NFL and NBA were pre-determining their winners in some key situations.

The 2018 AFC Championship Game between the Patriots and Jaguars will stand as a day in which my life changed. Up until that game, I never really believed in sports fixing, or perhaps, I had purposely hadn’t spent much time considering the possibility and evaluating the mountains of evidence that are out there.

The Jacksonville Jaguars, arguably the NFL’s smallest market, were up against the New England Patriots Dynasty- which has become the NFL’s premier franchise over the past 17 years. Leading up, I was concerned this game would be fixed for multiple reasons- namely because the NFL would anticipate that the viewership of the SuperBowl would go way down if the small-market Jags were in the game.

I watched this game from a new perspective- analyzing every controversial call/ non-call, and replaying all instances in slow-motion, evaluating the call and the play. I was appalled to see that the game was being fixed for the Patriots, specifically a key sequence at the end of the 1st half which kept the Patriots in the game. I wrote a 3-part article series on this Game which you can go read on this site for the specifics of the fix.

As bad as it was to watch the Jaguars screwed out of their 1st SuperBowl appearance, what was equally troubling to me was the mind-control the NFL has over what its fans discuss. (This statement applies even more so to the NBA). They entirely control the narrative of all mainstream discussion. They control what can and cannot be criticized by mainstream outlets.

In this game, the broadcast didn’t emphasize or properly replay the various bad calls/ non-calls that went against the Jaguars. The commentators, Tony Romo and Jim Nantz, misdirected viewers’ attention away from the disparity in officiating. The post-game talk for the next few days entirely avoided the topic of refereeing and how the Jaguars got screwed. There was zero mainstream discussion I heard regarding the number of calls/ non-calls which changed the outcome of a very close game. (Again, for all the detail about this fix there’s a 3-part article written by me at that time).

Continue to Chapter 2 of this article-