In sports, drama is unscripted. It is not like a normal television show but that’s why most people find sports so interesting.
As sports have continued to grow, many sports fans like myself have started to wonder: are sports scripted? Have you ever watched sports on TV and thought this game seems to be rigged? I think many sports fans have had this experience. There are plenty of sports through the history of sports entertainment that left fans scratching their heads.
For example, the year is 2002, the Los Angeles Lakers faced the Sacramento Kings in the Western Conference finals. The Kings lead the series 3-2 games. Many people believed that the Kings would defeat the Lakers. One may ask, what is so special about the Los Angeles Lakers?
The NBA and NBA fans have always been fascinated by the Lakers. The Lakers have a rich historical history in the NBA. According to Bleachereport.com, NBA Commissar, David Stern was asked about his dream NBA Finals match up Stern said, “Lakers vs Lakers I would be lying if I told you there wasn’t a special fascination with the Lakers.” In 2002 what would have been the more intriguing matchup in the NBA Finals the Los Angeles Lakers vs. The New Jersey Nets or the Sacramento Kings vs the New Jersey Nets?
The Lakers attempted 40 free throws to the Kings’ 25 in that game, and Los Angeles made 21 of 27 from the line while Sacramento converted seven of nine in the fourth quarter alone. In addition, a foul was called against Mike Bibby of the Kings after he was shoved and elbowed by Kobe Bryant, denying the Kings an opportunity to try for a tying basket. Two of the Kings players fouled out, Vlade Divac and Scot Pollard. The Lakers moved on to the next round defeating the New Jersey Nets in the NBA Finals.
What about Super Bowl 51 the New England Patriots vs. the Atlanta Falcons? The New England Patriots have a history of cheating with spygate in 2007 and deflategate in 2015. At half time, the Atlanta Falcons were leading 21-3. The Patriots somehow overcame a twenty-five-point deficit to defeat the Falcons, winning the Super Bowl, 34-28. Super Bowl 51 was called one of the great comebacks in sports history. Conspiracy or was it just a great spectacular game?
At the end of the day, sports are still entertainment. Sports entertainment drives the world we live in today. There are so many advertisements, revenue from sports gear and human interest in the sports world. According to Forbes.com, the sports market in North America was worth $60.5 billion in 2014. It is expected to be worth 73.5 billion by 2019 so of course, there will be favoritism for certain teams.