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Report: Refs charge NBA with unfair practices

Posted on: April 6, 2011 7:47 pm
Edited on: April 6, 2011 7:49 pm
Posted by Royce Young

According to Yahoo! Sports, the National Basketball Referee’s Association has filed charges to the National Labor Relations Board claiming the NBA has violated federal laws by engaging in unfair labor practices.

A memo was distributed to 60 NBA referees and described the charges as “the league’s refusal to negotiate with the union concerning non-economic issues.”

The player's collective bargaining agreement isn't the only one the NBA is negotiating. The NBRA's expires Sept. 1. According to the report, the NBRA has hired an attorney and has met with the league three times thus far but the league hasn't responded to any proposals.

According to the report, the memos focused largely on issues like weight and fitness restrictions, travel and anti-discrimination based on race, sex and union activity.

Also included in the memos was this juicy nugget: David Stern allegedly made an "obscene expression" at union negotiators during a meeting on Jan. 24.

According to the memo, Stern – referred to as “one of the league’s negotiators” – got angry when the union attorneys sought to include what the union called “standard language found in many collective bargaining agreements” on discrimination.

“One of the league’s negotiators reacted to it with hostility and resorted to the use of an obscene expression in describing its effect,” the memo said. “When the NRBA representatives declined his demand to delete the obscene expression from their notes, this negotiator abruptly left the room.”

So evidently Stern did something "obscene" and then wanted it struck from the notes, he stormed out. Awesome. I'm sure these negotiations will go smoothly, just like the one with the players. Enjoy this last week of basketball if you're a fan of a lottery team because it might be the last you see for a bit.

Oh and if you're wondering, the league declined comment on this issue. Shocker.

Since: Oct 19, 2009
Posted on: April 7, 2011 11:30 pm


Please - please let the refs go on strike.

I'd love to get the sport back to where the players determined the outcome.

NBA Basketball is the WORST of all professinal sports in regards to officiating determing the outcome of the game. 

What other sport do coaches and players use tactical media comments to try and effect the officiating.

I see an overhaul in NBA officiating as nothing but good news.

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: April 7, 2011 2:50 pm

Report: Refs charge NBA with unfair practices

More labor unrest!  the perfect thing along with the NFL Labor Situation and upcoming NBA player bargining to take my mind off the Budget Crisis in Washington and potential partial shutdown of the government.  

Since: Nov 27, 2007
Posted on: April 7, 2011 12:08 pm

Report: Refs charge NBA with unfair practices

I think the NBA officials have a great gig and should relax when it comes to charging the league with unfair practices.  Here's a group of individuals that have rewritten the rule book of basketball.  They don't make have the calls correct (i.e. travels, carrying, 3 seconds, etc.).  It's obvious that many are crooked (Tim Donaghy was not lying when he said there were others involved in fixing games).  Give me a six figure salary, travel expenses and a sweet benefit package and I'll do what needs to be done. 

How about you guys (and ladies) start making calls correctly and keep the integrity of the game in tact.  Then we'll negotiate. 

Since: Dec 14, 2010
Posted on: April 7, 2011 11:26 am

Report: Refs charge NBA with unfair practices

david stern, at one time, was a great commissioner, who helped save the NBA, along with magic johnson and larry bird. he has outlived that greatness of leadership and should be replaced. most of the officials are terrible and are just around to collect a paycheck  many of the players shouldn't be in the league. there should definitely be contraction.

Since: Nov 21, 2010
Posted on: April 7, 2011 11:01 am

Report: Refs charge NBA with unfair practices


If this is a basketball thread, why are we talking about the NBA?  The NBA has nothing to do with basketball.  The NBA was designed to allow NHL rink owners to collect revenue on nights when NHL games were not taking place.  Maximizing that revenue has ALWAYS BEEN the PRIMARY reason for the NBA's EXISTENCE!!!

The NBA has sold its soul for ratings, and its referees are its foot soldiers.  The last NBA play-off game I chose to watch was Game 6 of the 2002 Western Conference Finals, and I don't think I need to explain why I haven't seen one since.

Is it possible for a league to thrive without New York or LA in the Finals?  Yes.  The NFL has gotten higher TV ratings in LA since it left that market.  The last 2 times the New York Giants made the Super Bowl, their lower scoring games got lower ratings than higher scoring games of smaller market teams, but the officials made no effort to keep the low-scoring ratings-killing Giants out of the SB.  It's a different philosophy, and it's one that seems to be working.

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: April 7, 2011 10:18 am

Report: Refs charge NBA with unfair practices

Here is your chance NBA.  As a league, you have had the worst, most corrupt, most biased officials outside of the Alabam replay booth for years.  Drain the swamp and fire all these clowns.  I know however that won't work as david Dtern, the ultimate opponent of free speech, won't allow any official who thinks for himself or doesn't hold the league's grudges (see Wallace, Rasheed) to don the zebra stripes.  God the NBA sucks.

Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: April 7, 2011 9:59 am

Report: Refs charge NBA with unfair practices

The best basketball just ended Monday night? You can go watch your teams shoot 8 for 48 and ill go watch the best players in the world. The NCAA is more corrupt than the NBA by the way. The NCAA was horrible this year and mostly unwatchable. 

Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: April 7, 2011 9:51 am

Report: Refs charge NBA with unfair practices

Ok some of you guys need to understand that you dont see anything that the refs are not seeing. There is a reason they dont call things such as a travel, because they are told how to interpret the game by higher ups. Their not bad officials their just simply following orders.

Since: Apr 8, 2008
Posted on: April 7, 2011 9:05 am

Report: Refs charge NBA with unfair practices

How can I be expected to fix games in this kind of work environment?

Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: April 7, 2011 8:59 am

Time to Blow up NBA like NHL did!

Time to reduce payroll,teams and FIRE the incompetent officials(most of them). I quit watching when officials give the NBA stars favortism on the court and do not fire the geezers like Crawford,Bavetta and Garrettson. This league has become the Not Basketball Anymore.

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