Wednesday, January 10, 2007


Warning: Sports post to follow.

Refereeing in the NBA is the biggest farce in all of sports. It is the most pathetic excuse for officiating I've ever witnessed, and it's the same night after night after night.

NBA refs wield so much control over the outcome of a game, and they not only know it, they flaunt it.

The favoritism showed to superstars is laughable, and on the flipside, if a player rubs a ref the wrong way the ref will make that player pay either by not calling fouls comitted against him, or calling him for phantom fouls.

And the icing on the cake is that if a player or coach dares to criticize an official, they get fined. And not chump change either. Recently Alan Iverson was fined $25,000 for criticizing an official after a game. $25,000! And Iverson went light on the guy, whose officiating was so disgraceful he deserved to be demoted to high school ball.

David Stern has done a lot of good for the league, but the horrendous officiating is ruining professional basketball. Yes, I know the players and style of play have done their part to lose some fans. But if you removed the star treatment and started making the refs accountable for calling a fair and balanced game, it would be a hell of an improvement.


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