13 Games That Were Definitely Rigged

Living in Las Vegas, I try to avoid staying inside of a Sportsbook for too long because you hear stories from the regulars about how they were screwed out of big paydays due to rigged games. They then start to delve into conspiracy theories that are vague and convoluted at best while blowing cigarette smoke in your face. No matter how many times you wash your clothes, it seems that the Sportsbook stink just never goes away, either.

In a place where sports gambling is allowed (and the only place in the United States), Nevada has been the source of a lot of these conspiracies about how bettors have paid off athletes...which lends a little bit of merit to those people in the Sportsbooks (but not much). Once in awhile, though, there seems to be some theories that absolutely make sense, and some have even resulted in disciplinary action. 

The most notable of these have been the likes of "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, NBA referee Tim Donaghy and many more. After all, everybody's got a price. Games aren't always seemingly rigged because of a bet that was placed on one team or the other. Sometimes, a feel good story and potential incoming money for the team or league is too much to pass up.

Here, we will take a look at 13 instances where the end result was just too easy to predict and why there might have been corruption at the source of the outcome. From NBA playoff games to NASCAR races, rigged events can be found anywhere. Here are some of the stories and why it’s believed these events were fixed from the beginning.

13 Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley I

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12 2006 NBA Finals Game 5

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11 Super Bowl III


10 Magomed Abdulhamidov vs. Satoshi Shimizu

9 Super Bowl XL


8 2002 Olympics Figure Skating Competition

7 2000 NBA Western Conference Finals Game 7

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6 Muhammad Ali vs. Sonny Liston II


5 2002 NBA Western Conference Finals Game 6

4 1972 Olympic Basketball Finals


3 1919 World Series

2 2001 Pepsi 400


1 1.Roy Jones, Jr. vs. Park Si-Hun


Olympics and boxing appear a lot on this list, so it seems fitting to end it with an Olympic boxing match. In the light middleweight gold medal match of the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, Roy Jones, Jr. was taking on South Korean Park Si-Hun. Jones, Jr. dominated the match, landing 86 punches to just 32 for Park. The decision was a surprising one as it was scored 3-2 in favor of Si-Hun. Judge Hiouad Larbi was heard making comments to reporters that he wanted to make the home crowd happy and the two judges that scored in Si-Hun’s favor were banned from boxing. Si-Hun would end up retiring after the games, while Jones, Jr. had a long and illustrious pro career.

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13 Games That Were Definitely Rigged