ESPN: NBA Refs won't work pre-season games "or" regular season
Old 08-26-2009, 01:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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As of "right now," according to the source, existing NBA referees "will not be working preseason [or the] regular season."

Another source with knowledge of the talks, however, countered by questioning the referees' willingness to hold out in a depressed economy if it reaches the point that the league threatens to impose a lockout.

The source added that one motivation for the NBA digging in could be demonstrating the hard-line approach that some owners favor in collective-bargaining talks with NBA players that began earlier this month. The NBA's labor pact with its players expires after the 2010-11 season, but the sides have opened negotiations much earlier than normal in a bow to an economic climate that has prompted numerous teams to curtail spending.

The proposed cuts to the referee budget are believed to include reductions in travel costs, pension payouts and health benefits in addition to salary cuts
Sources: NBA, referees far apart on new deal - ESPN
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Old 08-26-2009, 01:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'll be willing to ref a few games
lets get some robots/NCAA refs/High School refs together
I bet in this economy many lawyers will take the job (many refs in sports are lawyers, at least in the NFL)
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Old 08-26-2009, 02:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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what if this gets worst and they have to have a lock out?
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Old 08-26-2009, 11:41 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Officiating is one of the few things that NBA fans can agree on universally: It is, for the most part, quite awful. And guess what? Things aren’t looking up; in fact, they could potentially get a lot worse. Awesome!

According to ESPN, the League and its zebras are nowhere near a contract agreement, which means there’s a slight chance that scabs could be used next season to police the games.

The issue, as always, is money. According to the report, the NBA is trying to cut into the refs’ budget rather significantly, and shockingly, they have a problem with that. The nerve of these guys:

The NBA’s current contract with its 60-odd referees runs out next week and the sides appear to be far apart on a new deal, according to sources with knowledge of the negotiations. Sept. 1 is the expiration date of the current five-year pact. One source told ESPN.com on Tuesday that — with the league proposing an across-the-board reduction to the referee budget of an estimated 10 percent — the impasse might not be resolved before the start the 2009-10 season.

As of “right now,” according to the source, existing NBA referees “will not be working preseason [or the] regular season.” The proposed cuts to the referee budget are believed to include reductions in travel costs, pension payouts and health benefits in addition to salary cuts.

Of course, it remains to be seen if the refs are willing to stand firm against the League in this wretched economy. But just in case they are, best to prepare yourselves to see the phrase “I could officiate games better than these guys!” come to life in a few months.
SLAM ONLINE | Amazingly, the Refs May Be WORSE Next Season

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Old 08-27-2009, 02:48 PM   #5 (permalink)
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They make 100+K a year and theyre deplorable at their jobs. I hope they get rid of 95% of these clowns.
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Old 08-27-2009, 03:24 PM   #6 (permalink)
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the refs at the game of the Raptors against the bucks last year jan 30
were incompetent they were calling fouls that I never heard of
even if we lost that game I was proud of Jermaine O'neal it was his best game as a raptors
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Old 08-28-2009, 03:15 PM   #7 (permalink)
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switch um out with NCAA officials immediately and have full disclosure when it comes to thier orders from head office to limit favoritism.

You'd see a different NBA, with Different Stars
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Old 08-28-2009, 03:25 PM   #8 (permalink)
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It doesn't matter because "2 are blind and the other is incompetent" anyway.
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