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Location: Cleveland, OH
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I've been back and forth on this topic in the last few weeks. I've been debating whether or not do refs have biases towards certain teams. My conclusion, refs are biased toward certain teams when they officiate games, I call it "Respect of the League." I don't think it's intentional but they're human beings at the end of day; all human beings are biased. Refs give favorable calls and non-calls toward winning teams than losing teams.

For example, in Thursday Night's game with the Steelers and Panthers the Panthers defender got tossed for his hit to Ben Rothlisberger's head, but earlier in the season in Buccaneers and Browns game Baker Mayfield gets hit in the ear area of his helmet. The ref picks up the flag he threw and says the hit was legal. Since the Steelers have won 6 SBs and the Browns have been losing, the NFL officiates those teams differently. It's just not the NFL, the NBA also has this problem as well.
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