Originally Posted by DenverBound
That's not to say that the refs aren't affiliated in some way with the sports books or Vegas. It doesn't necessarily have to be the league pulling the strings. I'm sure through history this would not be unheard of in professional sports.I bet (no pun intended) the league did want a Brady vs Manning AFCC game. Doesn't mean the refs couldn't be influenced by other outside sources.
If close relatives of refs bets in huge amounts, they will be compelled to call the game differently.
Also, we need to look at betting mafia that can easily influence ref's calls.
Last week's game was fixed by ref's.