How Much Money ABC & the NBA Made From NBA Finals Game 7

2016 NBA Finals - Game Six
CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 16: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors speak to officials in the second half in Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 16, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Questions remain, “Are the NBA Finals rigged?” According to wife of Golden State Warriors’ guard and NBA MVP Stephen Curry, Ayesha Curry, tweeted during a loss in the NBA Finals. The message was posted after Curry received his sixth foul and was ejected from the NBA Finals’ Game 6—which was won by the Cleveland Cavaliers, extending the series for a final, Game 7, which ended in a Cavaliers win.

“I’ve lost all respect sorry this is absolutely rigged for money… Or ratings in not sure which,” Ayesha Curry post in a tweet, which she later deleted. “I won’t be silent . Just saw it live sorry”

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Later, she tweeted an apology: “Tweeted in the heat of the moment because the call was uncalled for.”

@ayeshacurry ain’t no body forget LMAOpic.twitter.com/3237ni33EJ

Granted, the wife of a player is hardly an unbiased observer. But Ayesha Curry is not the only one who’s been claiming that the NBA Finals are “absolutely rigged.”

Tim Donaghy, the disgraced former NBA referee who was pushed out of the league after a scandal involving his gambling on games, told Sports Illustrated this week that he thought the NBA decided to suspend the Warriors’ Draymond Green for the Finals’ Game 5 in order to ensure more games would be played. “It gives Cleveland a better chance of prolonging the series,” Donaghy said of the questionable suspension of Green, the Warriors’ best defender.

Donaghy also said that in his experience, referees always seemed to favor teams that were losing in a playoff series, in order give them the best chance of prolonging it. “It was always a situation where the team down in the series was going to benefit from those calls,” he said.

There is no proof whatsoever that anyone has rigged anything. But plenty of Warriors’ fans, as well as the conspiracy-minded in general, are quick to note that the Warriors had dominated before Green’s suspension. They were up 3-1 in the series and neither Curry nor his sharp-shooting “Splash Brothers” teammate Klay Thompson had even been playing up to their potential. All the Warriors needed was to win one more game to take the championship. Then Green was suspended, and the Warriors lost Game 5 at home. Warriors’ starting center Andrew Bogut was hurt in that same game and is now out for the series, making it easier for the Cavaliers to trounce to victory in Game 6 and force a Game 7.

Indeed, some of the Twitter users who responded to Ayesha Curry’s original tweet seemed to agree with her, and Donaghy.

@ayeshacurry ain’t no body forget LMAOpic.twitter.com/3237ni33EJ

@PhillyB420 @ayeshacurry You are not the only one who thinks so! Many of us believe that, especially after the suspension in Game 5.

@boisterouscat @PhillyB420 @ayeshacurry but when you were winning after being down it wasn’t rigged then, was it? LOL Excuses, excuses

@JuLeeJu @boisterouscat @PhillyB420 @ayeshacurry it was rigged in 1988, rigged in 2002 and it’s rigged todayz

And, the conspiracy-minded are quick to point out, the NBA and ABC—the network with broadcast rights to the Finals—stand to make big money because the series didn’t end in only five games. Just how much money?

So while there’s no real evidence that the NBA Finals are rigged, it’s quite clear that lots of people would be getting rich if they were.

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