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Satire – 'Super Bowl XLVIII Believed to have been Rigged'

Outline
Circulating report claims that officials now believe that the 2014 Super Bowl game was rigged and that the event is now being investigated by the NFL.


Brief Analysis
The report is satirical and its claims are untrue. It was published by the satirical pseudonews website, Huzlers. The NFL is not investigating the 2014 Super Bowl game and the claim that the game was "rigged" is without substance. As with any major sporting event, rumours of Super Bowl game fixing and high-level conspiracy abound. But, there has never been any real evidence to support such claims. And this silly Huzlers article certainly does not provide any such evidence.

Example

Super Bowl XLVIII Believed to have been Rigged and Currently Under Investigation by NFL

EAST RUTHERFORD – After The Seattle Seahawks victory over the Denver Broncos at the NFL’s 48th Super Bowl with a final score of 43-8, NFL officials have just discovered that the game was most likely rigged. NFL officials have just found clues that might prove the game was rigged. Officials believe the Broncos intentionally lost the championship in exchange for a large amount of money.

Super Bowl Rigged Hoax



Detailed Analysis
According to a currently circulating report, the 2014 Super Bowl game is now believed to have been rigged and is therefore under investigation by the National Football League (NFL). The report alleges that the Broncos deliberately lost the game "in exchange for a large amount of money" and that NFL officials have found clues to support these allegations.


However, the claims in the report are fictional. Football officials have not made any Super Bowl game fixing allegations and the game is not under investigation by the NFL as claimed. 

The report originates from a satirical fake-news website called "Huzlers". A disclaimer in the footer of the site's pages notes:

Huzlers.com is a combination of real shocking news and satire news to keep its visitors in a state of disbelief.

The site publishes all manner of tall tales. One recent story made the absurd claim that President Obama has outlawed "twerking".  Another falsely claims that a US teen killed his brother over a high score in the game "Flappy Bird".

But, alas, fearful individuals who see conspiracy and corruption around every corner have seized upon the fake "rigged Super Bowl" article and it has been republished on numerous conspiracy orientated, blogs, forums and social media pages.
 
The article, although satirical, does draw on long held rumours and conspiracy theories surrounding the game.   In 2013, conspiracy theorists seized upon the infamous mid-game power outage as evidence of maleficence. In 2014, the large gap between the winning and losing scores again had some suggesting that the game had been fixed.

In fact, for many years, game fixing rumours have emerged after Super Bowl games. But none of the rumours have ever been substantiated in any way. In an insightful peace on the issue, International Business Times journalist Thomas Barrabi notes:

Given the Super Bowl’s gravitas, every questionable call by an official, surprising upset and unexpected occurrence attracts attention. This year’s game won’t be any different—expect Internet message boards to be full of threads in which users claim that “the fix is in,” and lists of the top “Super Bowl Fixes.” But, in the Super Bowl’s 48 years of existence, not a single piece of hard evidence has been found to link the world’s biggest sporting event to some sort of gambling conspiracy.

And this nonsensical story certainly adds not a shred of substance to any Super Bowl game fixing rumours.


Last updated: February 4, 2014
First published: February 4, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen
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References
Super Bowl XLVIII Believed to have been Rigged and Currently Under Investigation by NFL
Teen Boy Kills Brother Over Flappy Bird High Score? Huzlers Story Of Chicago Video Game Murder Arrest Trolls Social Media
Was The Super Bowl Rigged? Conspiracy Theorists Cite Onion-Like Article As Proof 2014 Game Was Fixed
Is The Super Bowl Fixed? Rumors That NFL, Bookmakers Rig Game Persist, Cite XLVII Power Outage As Proof

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