In the WWE, they don’t pretend their matches are “sport.” Their contests are their product, and the referees aren’t there to ensure fairness so much as to ensure that their product remains interesting and flows smoothly.
I don’t really think the NFL and NBA are so very different.
Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe the referees just aren’t very good at their jobs.
But watch how many times the calls benefit the team that’s behind. It’s as if the goal is to keep the game close and the fans in their seats- which, not coincidentally, keeps the ad revenue high.