Originally Posted by Dread-Head
You're NOT a conspiracy theorist...that's EXACTLY what the NFL wants.
What it wants and what they do are two different issues.
Originally Posted by Double Barrel
Saying the NFL is influencing games to benefit tv ratings is akin to saying that NASA never landed on the moon, IMO.
I don't think the NFL is manipulating games for TV ratings.
I think stars do get some special treatment.
I think some crews, Ed Hochuli's in particular and I have said this since before the Texans existed, tend to "when in doubt call it for the favored team."
Even on those issues I don't think the refs ever get together and decide to call it that way.