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Maybe Locking Out NBA Officials is a Good Thing 0

Posted on September 24, 2009 by Nick Gelso
Dick Bavetta, who will be 70-years-old this year, has been making questionable decisions for years.

Dick Bavetta, who will be 70-years-old this year, has been making questionable decisions for years.

The NBA has locked out its Officials for the first time since 1995. The league is expected to employ D-League and WNBA refs for the start of the season.

The NBA Official, a recent victim of great controversy and contempt, has been a position marred by game fixing and player favoring. It seems every spring we question the decisions made by the officials and close fan observation provided by detailed taping of each game has made the leagues referees more mortal and subject to blatant mistakes.

In a sport that moves as fast as men’s basketball, it’s easy to understand how referees can make mistakes and miss calls. Slow motion instant replay has made bad call and missed calls more obvious and more subject to public scrutiny.

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