Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Espn's Mike and Mike are frauds

I generally like the ESPN morning show Mike and Mike in the morning. But this is probably the 3rd or 4th time that they have supposedly not believed a wider scandal is possible, "honestly". In this case, the question is whether the NBA is wrought with fraud in terms of referees going after certain players and teams. Tim Donaghy says he placed wagers on NBA games based on his inside knowledge of other officials' biases. That the NBA has an agenda in terms of certain teams winning or turning their head away from rogue referees and the such.

Whatever the scandal may be, Mike and Mike won't believe it. Because their job is not to believe it. ESPN carries the NBA games. SportsCenter is built on sports' highlights. If there is a scandal, ESPN will be the last one to the party because they are making money from the party. Mike and Mike should say, hey, "we aren't going to bite the hand that feeds us. So take this opinion with a grain of salt."

As a rule, you should imagine a person speaking an opinion, saying the exact opposite. If it's not possible then you need to discount that view. Some people aren't leaders and won't be the first or largest voice to state a view. It's not that they are naive, they are looking out for self-interest.
Most normal people don't knowingly say things that are against their personal interest. It is in the Mike and Mike morning show's interest that people believe in the integrity of the NBA and sports in general. If there was an example, say with steroids or some other big issue where Mike Greenberg or Mike Golic were loudly questioning the motives of the sports' leagues like MLB in baseball then they would have credibility. It would show they have the guts to go against the company "line".

It's like a staunch Republican endorsing the Republican nominee for President. Versus an independent who is apt to support "the best candidate" coming out for the Republican nominee for President.

Wake up people. We need to get smarter as a nation. In this case I don't know what the truth is. What I do know is that someone with a monetary incentive to take a point of view is not the best place to get information about it.

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