Friday, September 18, 2009

NBA ready to move ahead with replacement refs

This may be the most under-reported, significant story of the last few weeks. People have long complained about the quality and consistency of NBA refs, and now they are going to use replacements?

I believe it would be in the best interest of the NBA Players Association to get involved. Not only would it be one union supporting another, but if you were an NBA player, would you rather have the best of the best officiating your games or replacements?

NEW YORK (AP)—The NBA will hold training camp next week with replacement officials, saying the referees union has rejected its final contract offer.

The National Basketball Referees Association has been bracing for a lockout since talks first broke down last week, and lead negotiator Lamell McMorris called it “imminent and unavoidable” after no deal was reached Thursday.

A statement from the NBA on Friday made it clear the lockout was under way.

“It is extremely disappointing that the NBRA has ignored the economic realities, rejected our offer, and left us with no choice but to begin using replacement referees,” executive vice president and general counsel Rick Buchanan said.

Yahoo Sports: NBA Ready To Move On With Replacement Refs

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