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Referees, league reach agreement for five years

Posted on: September 15, 2011 4:37 pm
Edited on: September 15, 2011 7:13 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young



A deal has been made! Shout it from the rooftops! No, not that deal. Just the referees. Oh, those annoying referees, always trying to upstage the real action.

According to the AP, the league and referees union has reached a new collective bargaining agreement that will stand for five years. The NBA confirmed the report and officially announced the 5-year deal in a press release on Thursday afternoon.

The current CBA expired Sept. 1 and as we told you a couple weeks ago, the NBA could've been looking at a second lockout to deal with. The NBA’s owners will ratify the agreement at their meeting in Dallas on Thursday.

The league was looking at potentially having to use replacement refs for the second time in four years. Replacement officials were used in the 2009-10 preseason but a deal was reached before the season.

If you recall, it was a bit of an ugly negotiation as NBRA had filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board in February, claiming the league was refusingl to negotiate with the union concerning non-economic issues. And then there was the supposed "obscene gesture" by David Stern at the lead union attorney.

It's not anything as important as reaching a new CBA with the players, but referees play a pretty significant role in the NBA. Imagine substituting top guys like Steve Javie and Joey Crawford for a couple rec league dudes that might be more interested in getting autographs than laying down the law. Of course that implies there's a season for them to officiate, but you get my point.

The good news is that we don't have to worry about this if a deal is reached with the players. Refs are a major part of the NBA, like it or not, and having this done means that once a new deal is struck between the players and owners, life can hopefully go on as normal and a season start with no hitches.
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Comments

Since: Feb 7, 2008
Posted on: September 19, 2011 6:25 pm
 

Referees, league reach agreement for five years

Thank goodness!!!  I was worried that we would be without the "It's time to call a foul on this particular possession, I'll call one on that stiff over there"; "Kobe missed a shot, I'll call a foul on that guy, even though he was 12 feet away"; "What's a carry? & No one travels in this league!'
Oh yeah, there won't be a season anyway! That is, there won't be if the owners are smart, seeing many teams would lose less money if there was no season this year.



Since: Mar 30, 2007
Posted on: September 16, 2011 1:18 pm
 

Referees, league reach agreement for five years

the refs are not there to be seen or heard so this should have no effect on on the people who we pay to see.f they made money for the league that is one thing but other than rigging games what other use is there of a ref?



Since: Sep 15, 2011
Posted on: September 15, 2011 10:37 pm
 

Referees, league reach agreement for five years

Its actually a smart move by the NBA.  The message to the players is that the referees can reach an agreement so we the league are not unreasonable and nor are the refs, but the players are being greedy and unreasonable.



Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: September 15, 2011 8:18 pm
 

Referees, league reach agreement for five years

Who cares? No season so who cares about this article. I don't even know why I keep wasting my time reading NBA articles I'm a fool with no life *sigh* :(



Since: Apr 13, 2011
Posted on: September 15, 2011 8:13 pm
 

Referees, league reach agreement for five years

Is this a sign that they're close to a deal that will get the season under way, I hope so, why else would they reach an agreement with the refs is there's going to be no season.



Since: Jun 26, 2011
Posted on: September 15, 2011 5:56 pm
 

Referees, league reach agreement for five years

Okay, now NBA / players get a deal done.



Since: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: September 15, 2011 5:52 pm
 

Referees, league reach agreement for five years

Worst article ever, Especially when the players don't even have an agreement in place.  Pointless



Since: May 25, 2011
Posted on: September 15, 2011 5:07 pm
 

Referees, league reach agreement for five years

Really? Fill me in when there is real news about the upcoming NBA season.



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