That's an interesting argument, but I can't help but feel that rigging it would be unnecessary.
In Blake, here you have a kid who:
- has a reputation for having fantastic dunks (and nothing else)
- was the biggest name on the ticket
- was highly promoted and marketed
- with KIA and the choir, had by FAR the biggest presentation (regardless of whether it was fair or not)
It's pretty clear that while yes, the fans do get to choose, this was more of a "hitting you over the head" type of thing. You don't really get to choose. You get to pick Blake Griffin. Why? Because the media likes him and he's one of the most talented dunkers. He also put on one hell of a show with all the baloney he brought out for his final dunk.
Could be why I'm not watching the dunk contest next year.