Sports fans are going to have a hard time wrapping their minds around this one, but Tim "the Gamblin' Zebra" Donaghy told federal investigators that the NBA tells its referees to favor stars and ensure certain outcomes.
According to the document, he told FBI agents, "League officials would tell referees they should withhold calling technical fouls on certain star players because doing so hurt ticket sales and television ratings."
Notably, Donaghy also detailed how two officials fixed Game 6 of the 2002 Western Conference Finals: with the Kings leading the series against the Lakers 3-2, the refs called more fouls on the Kings, ensuring that LA got 16 more points at the stripe and a crack at winning the series (which they did before sweeping the Nets in the Finals).
As someone with eyes, all I have to say is, Wow, thank God Donaghy has broken this case wide open. Send that guy to Washington and he'll blow the roof off Capitol Hill (Capitol Hill has a roof, right?). It turns out that powerful "lobbies" use money and gifts to influence the representatives that WE elected! Dun Dun DUNNNNHHHH!!!