Definitive NBA Officiating Fix

Max FischerCorrespondent IMay 10, 2009

DALLAS - MAY 09:  Forward Josh Howard #5 of the Dallas Mavericks talks with NBA referee Mark Wunderlich after a 106-105 loss against the Denver Nuggets in Game Three of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Center on May 9, 2009 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

In the wake of another officiating debacle in Dallas, Mavs fans are left with an even more bleak view of the NBA system.  How can one team possibly be subjected to so much "bad luck"?

To add insult to injury, this time the league even admitted its error a couple hours after last night's Game Three home loss in Dallas against the Denver Nuggets.  

But along with this admission of error there was no means of restitution offered.  No fine for the official. No suspension for the official.  No "re-do" of those final moments of the game.  

Something isn't right here. Something is horribly wrong with NBA officiating and there must be some way to fix it. The way NBA officiating works is really incomprehensible when you think about it.  

I can't think of any other sport with such a history of ineptitude... except Professional Wrestling.. I will let you draw your own conclusions there.  Actually I think the NBA might be worse than wrestling.

Just look at all the weirdness we accept from NBA officials:"Make-up call", "star call","letting them play", "let the players decide it", "tightening it up", "regular season calls", "playoff calls",  " jump shooters don't get calls", " aggressive teams get calls", "physical teams get calls", "home game calls",  "you aren't getting that call on the road".

Well, I think I might actually have a solution that would fix NBA officiating for good. At least this would be the first domino to that end.

See, my original thinking was that the only way to prevent this was to fine or suspend the official.  But that won't really solve the problem.  

It might be a small deterrent, but if anything this might even make the refs more disgruntled. Then we will have to worry about "disgruntled ref calls."

No, the way to fix officiating is to hit the LEAGUE where it hurts...not the officials.  

This is why you never see superstars like the Lakers and Kobe,  Michael Jordan, Dwyane Wade or LeBron James getting hosed the way other less-fortunate NBA types do—the league's second class citizens, like Dirk and the Mavs. 

See, the league benefits when calls go in favor of the league's superstars and their darling teams.

This is why the calls always go in their favor.  The refs and league are protecting their golden geese, whether they know it or not.

So how does the league pay?

Well, how about all those fans who had to pay for that refs bungle job?

They paid top dollar to see that game and have the refs incompetence ruin that experience and in turn made that money spent a waste, so why not have the league pay these fans back for the NBA's incompetence?

Isn't that what would happen in any other business?  If any other business makes an error and costs you—the customer—money, they pay you back.  

If the league won't replay the game or even part of the game, then the LEAST they could do is pay all these fans back for the money wasted, no?

If that happened—if the league had to pay for their mistakes the way they benefit from their star calls—you would see NBA officiating completely revolutionized.  

If the league had the incentive to do it, it would happen yesterday.  You would see all this inconsistency and favoritism completely disappear overnight.


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