The NBA has been accused of some pretty terrible things when it comes to how their games are officiated and it seems that the officials are under constant pressure by someone about the job that they’re doing. Fans usually stop short of flat out accusing the league of fixing games, as accusing refs of favoring one team over another is just close but not a spot on accusation, but former official Tim Donaghy isn’t filtering his thought.
In a recent interview, not only did the disgraced former referee accuse the NBA of fixing games — sort of like what he did on his own free will — but he accused them of fixing games to set up a television friendly Conference Final showdown.
“A Brooklyn-Miami matchup would bring great ratings, and that’s what this is all about for the NBA and the league offices — bringing in as many dollars as they can. It’s terrible for the fans (of) Toronto. They go and support that team, but they’re really going to have trouble moving on based on talent and what takes place on the floor when they’re really going against the refs and the league, along with the Nets.”
If there’s one guy who knows how to fix an NBA game, it’s Donaghy but it hardly seems like the Raptors-Nets series is being fixed. It’s hard to see a game being fixed when it’s happening but it seems like Donaghy picked an easy target with the Nets-Raptors series and is just trying to say things loud enough to be heard by the public.