Wow! That's incredible. I'm not sure where outside influences come into play (If in fact they do). I've thought about it only slightly. My thoughts tend to run into , It's a sport owned by billionaires . It's a tremendous money making machine. The commissioner works for the owners. His job is to make the league as profitable as possible . The refs work under the commissioner . If it were,determined that if a certain game were closer or one team winning would get them higher ratings, I could see certain calls being fair game (For the greater good$) Just a half baked theory.