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NBA Officials Call for Examination of Violence Against Referees

NBRA Support NHL Official Checked By Defenseman January 29, 2016 – The National Basketball Referees Association (NBRA) believes that the recent cross-check on National Hockey League (NHL) linesman Don Henderson by Calgary Flames defenseman Denis Wideman is indicative of a troubling trend in sports: an increase in aggressive behavior and even violence towards referees. The […]

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NBRA Deplores League’s Failure to Suspend Budenholzer

November 23, 2015 – During the second quarter of Saturday’s Atlanta Hawks – Cleveland Cavaliers game, Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer was ejected from the game for making physical contact with referee Ben Taylor as seen in this video clip. In a sharp departure from past practice, the NBA fined Budenholzer instead of imposing a […]

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NBRA Supports Referee’s Ejection of Head Coach Budenholzer

November 22, 2015 – During the second quarter of Saturday’s Atlanta Hawks Cleveland Cavaliers game, Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer was ejected from the game for making physical contact with referee Ben Taylor as seen in this video clip. “The NBRA has reviewed the tape relating to Referee Ben Taylor’s ejection of Coach Budenholzer during […]

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Hoops For Troops 2015

On November 3, 2015, the NBA launched the fourth annual Hoops for Troops Week. Running through Veterans Day (November 11), Hoops For Troops Week honors the active and retired service men and women and their families. During this week, the NBA teams, players and family work alongside the military and its community partners in service projects […]

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NBA Referees Support “Long Court” View of Officiating

October 27, 2015 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) is implementing a program to staff the state-of-the-art NBA Replay Center with active NBA referees in the 2015-16 season. Though there have been comments questioning the necessity of this move, the National Basketball Referees Association (NBRA) believes it is the right direction. According to NBRA General […]

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NBA Referees Condemn Violence Against Game Officials

September 8, 2015 – The National Basketball Referees Association (NBRA) is sickened and appalled by the vicious assault made against referee Robert Watts by two John Jay High School football players in its game last Friday night. “We join the NFL Referees Association in condemning this senseless act of violence,” said NBRA General Counsel Lee […]

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NBA Referees Ratify Contract with NBA

August 14, 2015 – The National Basketball Referees Association (NBRA) ratified a seven-year contract with the National Basketball Association (NBA) on August 13, 2015. The referees met in Chicago and voted overwhelmingly to ratify the contract, which includes compensation adjustments. NBRA General Counsel Lee Seham commented: “We appreciate the NBA’s cooperative spirit in negotiating the […]

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Crunch Time Reports Highlight Expertise of NBA Referees

To read more visit: NBA Referees Near Officiating Perfection and The last-minute results are in, and NBA referees are actually quite good at their job

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NBA Referees Near Officiating Perfection

Crunch Time Reports Highlight Steady Expertise of Basketball Officials May 6, 2015 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) launched a new transparency initiative on March 2, 2015. The NBA Last Two Minute Report (L2M Report) evaluates the officiating decisions that occur during the final two minutes and overtime of close (5 point) games. Including the […]

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Ironman NBA Referee Dick Bavetta Named Basketball Hall of Fame Finalist

UPDATED on 4/7/2015 On April 6, 2015, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced that NBA referee Dick Bavetta will be enshrined on September 11, 2015, along with 10 inductees comprising the Class of 2015. To read more about the Hall of Fame Class of 2015 visit this link. On Saturday, February 14, 2015, […]

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