In professional wrestling, kayfabe is the portrayal of staged events within the industry as “real” or “true”, specifically the portrayal of competition, rivalries, and relationships between participants as being genuine and not staged.
Speaking of the NFL, do you know the story of Jessica Savitch, NBC News anchor in the 1980’s? She exposed the underbelly of the NFL in a PBS Frontline broadcast (Jan 17, 1983), “Football, illegal gambling and the Mafia”. 20 days after this expose aired she was dead. Drowned (along with her date) in a canal in an overturned station wagon in five feet of water.