Referees Rumors

A small group of NBA referees and players held a meeting Saturday, working to relieve mounting tension between the sides. The meeting included three players, three referees and officials from both the referees’ union and the players’ union. Among the items agreed on was establishing a direct communication line between the two unions that would not involve the NBA league office to address issues that arise between the sides, the unions announced in a joint statement. There are procedures involving the league office in place, and those will continue. But there was a concern from the unions that sometimes the league office doesn’t communicate the same information to referees and players, and that was contributing to the divide, sources told ESPN.
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Storyline: Officiating Complaints
Several issues that have been causing friction were raised during the meeting. One, sources told ESPN, is the referees’ enforcement of the so-called “respect for the game” rules. These rules were introduced by the NBA in 2010 and updated in 2015 and were aimed at limiting players’ reactions to referee decisions, among other issues. Both unions, however, believe the current rules aren’t effectively being communicated. A large percentage of technical fouls are called for violating these guidelines. Officials believe they are enforcing the rules, but players don’t always feel they are breaking them because there isn’t a shared understanding, sources said. The referees acknowledged that they have sometimes been inconsistent in the application of these rules, sources said.
14 hours ago via ESPN
The meeting included three players, three referees and officials from both the referees’ union and the players’ union. Among the items agreed on was establishing a direct communication line between the two unions that would not involve the NBA league office to address issues that arise between the sides, the unions announced in a joint statement. There are procedures involving the league office in place, and those will continue. But there was a concern from the unions that sometimes the league office doesn’t communicate the same information to referees and players, and that was contributing to the divide, sources told ESPN.
2 days ago via ESPN
Storyline: Officiating Complaints
A small group of NBA referees and players held a meeting Saturday working to relieve a mounting tension between the sides. The meeting included three players, three referees and officials from both the referees’ union and players’ union. Among the items agreed on was establishing a direct communication line between the two unions that would not involve the NBA league office to address issues that may arise between the sides, the unions announced in a joint statement.
2 days ago via ESPN
Storyline: Officiating Complaints