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February 9, 2024

Is the NFL rigged?

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The NFL is one of America’s most popular sports, and since we are in the heart of football season, I thought this would be a great time to share my opinion on the topic. Recently there have been fans around the country speculating that the NFL isn’t what it seems to be. As a fan myself I also ask questions.

I am a huge sports fan, but football has my heart over the rest. Growing up a Cincinnati Bengals fan I would always plan my days around the game. Not only would I watch the Bengals, but I would also try to watch bits of every game if Cincinnati wasn’t playing.

On social media I have seen countless posts about fans and just casual viewers questioning the integrity of the game. If I had anything to say about it, I would point my finger at sports betting. Since slowly becoming legal in a few U.S. states, and will most likely to get approved in the whole country at some point.

The philosophy behind gambling changing the game is to help Vegas and the NFL make even more money than they did before. It’s very easy to see a certain team favored and the suspicious calls by referees making sure that team either wins or loses. No matter what, it is always about profit. Money controls so many things in the world including our sports.

Besides gambling, there are theories that the NFL may even be scripted, meaning the outcomes of the games and even the whole season have already been decided and we are just watching a movie unfold with actors playing a game. I, on the other hand, do not believe this, but it makes great sense with some of the things that have come out recently. The past two super bowl logos including this season have included two different colors within it. Also, out of nowhere also the NFL decided to add colors to the logo makes no sense to me. Super Bowl 56 featured the Bengals and the Rams, the colors displayed were orange and yellow. Now, that must just be a coincidence, right? Super Bowl 57 included a logo with green and red, which the teams were the Kansas City Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles. Hmmm… very interesting. This season isn’t over yet but purple and red are the colors seen on this year’s logo and it makes sense. Why? Well, the Baltimore Ravens are currently one of the top teams in the NFL and their main color, you  guessed it, purple. But, you may ask, what about red? The San Francisco 49ers are a team dressed in red. While they’re not at the top, they are definitely a team that wins games even big games, like the playoffs. Another question, why would the NFL do this? Well, for views and ratings. Ravens and 49ers have played once before in a Super Bowl, and the state of their teams while a rematch between Baltimore and San Francisco will make people really want to tune in.

This has been weighing on my mind because this is my passion, I love football, I love the Cincinnati Bengals even more and to keep seeing little things happen that make me question the whole game makes me sick. Does anyone remember Super Bowl 56 or the 2023 AFC Championship game? Well, I sure do. Bengals played in both of those games, in both games there were certain calls in the game that changed course. Super Bowl 56 late in the game linebacker Logan Wilson got called for a hold on wide receiver for the Rams Cooper Kupp, which then set up a touchdown to give the Rams the lead then Bengals lost. Moving to the AFC Championship, multiple calls during that game let’s pick the ones that stood out most. The Chiefs are on 3rd down ball is snapped and referee stops play, they would end up redoing that third down four times and every time the Chiefs never picked up the first. Then to top it all off, an unnecessary roughness on Bengals defensive tackle for hitting Patrick Mahomes out of bounds. Referee didn’t call it all game but decided to call it at that point at the end of the game where the Chiefs would then kick the game winning field goal and move on to the Super Bowl.

Whether there’s a script or Vegas gambling has their money in on it all the NFL needs to explain what is going on with the recent troubles during games. But if it is scripted can’t wait for that script to say the Cincinnati Bengals win the Super Bowl. WHO DEY!

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Nathan Whaley is a junior from Sunrise, Florida. He is majoring in mass communication with an emphasis in broadcast and digital media and minoring in sports broadcasting. This is his first year reporting for The Campus Times. Whaley is also on the Campbellsville University men’s bowling team. He's been an avid bowler for 10 years. Besides bowling, he currently works for the CU Sports Network. He loves sports, especially Cincinnati sports. He loves the Bengals, and swears he will never miss a game in his life. His dream is to one day be a play-by-play broadcaster. WHO DEY!

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