The Always Bad NBA Referees Are Asking for Too Much!

NBA RefereesIf there’s one thing that has been a constant in the NBA over the past couple decades, it has to be the very bad officiating. Not even Bill Walton can convince me otherwise. I wrote about ways to change the referee system awhile back, which included forcing the geezers off the court and into retirement. Alas, the NBA hasn’t addressed one of these issues, but it looks like one might finally be under consideration. The NBA desperately needs to have guys in their physical prime running around with these tremendous athletes to make sure that they are getting calls right. The NBA is set to start its preseason games in a few weeks (October 1st), it has been reported that the NBRA (National Basketball Referees Association) will be locking out unless a new agreement is reached as the old one expired at the beginning of September. Apparently the NBRA proposed to take about $2.5 million (10%) off of last season’s budget. This wasn’t convincing enough as Stern rejected the proposal, and the two sides haven’t set a new time to meet since the deal was rejected. The NBA is facing the most problems it has since the Flint Tropics ABA/NBA merger days, and needs the refs to suck it up if they want to work. Larnell McMorris, the head NBRA representative says that Stern’s actions are childish, and feels that the league is trying to push the “old guys” out.

This is the first time in a long time that I might actually be on Commissioner Stern’s side for any issue that has come up in recent memory! I hope they lock out, and I hope Stern holds firm on his stance. If he truly is using this as a reason to get the “old guys” out I applaud it 100%. It’s really the first action I’ve seen him take since he became commissioner that moves towards correcting an obvious problem that is revisited year after year with each bad call made. Sadly I’ve actually watched some D-League games, and the ones that I have watched I noticed their refs actually do call pretty good games. Guess what, most of them look young and don’t give the players as much attitude as the pro refs which I like. Wouldn’t it be amazing if the refs were there just to call the game instead of settling the score with some superstar that showed them up by barking at them!?! I’m crossing my fingers that the officiating will better during this October 1st lockout then I could see the NBRA folding to whatever the NBA’s demands are. I wouldn’t mind if they locked our for the season, and we could try out these younger refs that might actually make the right call or non-call during the pivotal playoff games. For the first time since 95-96 the league will set up a training camp for replacement refs, so lets hope they find some good ones!


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8 responses to “The Always Bad NBA Referees Are Asking for Too Much!

  • Alan Parkins

    Well now that the referees and the NBA have come to an impasse . It’s hard to say what’ll happen this upcoming season. Stern for that matter has chosen to stick by these guys far too often even with the proclivity for making so many glaring mistakes during the regular and postseason.

    Alan Parkins

    • chappy81

      Yeah, let’s cross our fingers that it continues to stay that way! Stern is a very stubborn or a puppet commissioner. I can’t really tell enough to differentiate. Even with things being continually called poorly he’s refused to change, but hopefully with franchises near bankruptcy they need to do something that will make the NBA more fan friendly, and this is definitely something that will make me happier as a fan!

      • Alan Parkins


        Both Stern and Goodell are facing some very stiff challenges over the next couple of months. And it doesn’t augur well for both leagues or that of the NBA and NFL.

        In particular for Goodell and his counterpart DeMaurice Smith of the NFLPA . And Smith in particular, has yet to address the situation as to that of the retired veteran players of the league and their benefits with regard to assistance for medical needs. Much like his predecessor Gene Upshaw . It’s been nothing but lip service being paid as to their grievances.

        Alan Parkins

        • chappy81

          It will be interesting to see what transpires. Every professional sport is hurting in one way or another, just like many in the business world are.

          It’s sad what they’re doing to the old players with medical needs. They should help them out a little for giving their bodies to the game…

        • Alan Parkins


          The NFL is a cumbersome business template. It makes all the money in the world. But it doesn’t always do what’s best for its members or the fans. There’s the prospect of a lockout or the 2010-11 season going uncapped . Who’s got the wherewithal to sit up and take note amongst DeMaurice Smith and Roger Goodell . It’s as if they just want to have their very own pi_sin contest to see who’s now the biggest guy on the block.

          As to David Stern and the zebras(officials) the present situation couldn’t be happening to a nicer group of people as far as I’m concerned !

          Alan Parkins

  • Alan Parkins


    You’ve got multi-millionaires and billionaires as owners of the various professional sports franchises . And yet they remain indifferent to ever changing economic climate that surrounds them. Furthermore , I think it naive of them not wanting to open their books for public scrutiny but yet want the taxpayers to fund their building of gargantuan stadiums up and down the country.

    Alan Parkins

  • Mike J

    The refs suck, I hope they are all gone so the NBA can start fresh. I guess I’d be pissed if they tried to make more money by selling out to the bookies like Donaghy did, so if they end up being underpaid, then I don’t even want them around!

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