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The NBA doesn’t care about the human element

Oct 22, 2010, 9:15 AM EST

Memo to Bud Selig: if the NBA is doing something smarter than you, you’re really, really being stupid.

In this case: expanding instant replay in a nice incremental and seemingly sensible way.  A lot of the new ways replay will be used are limited to the last two minutes of a game. The last two minutes of an NBA game already take three hours, so obviously no one is too worried about delays or pace-of-game issues like the are in baseball.  They just want to get the calls right.

How audacious of them!

  1. BC - Oct 22, 2010 at 9:31 AM

    The NBA has BY FAR the worst officiating of any of the four major sports (unless you count NASCAR, which makes up rules as it goes along). Part of the reason I mostly don’t watch the NBA is the officiating. Anyone driving to the hoop travels, but it’s seldom called. The offensive foul vs. blocking foul calls are mystifying. The same play is called differently 5 times in a row. The officials CLEARLY cowtow to superstars and favor the home team ridiculously.
    NBA refs make MLB umps look like the second coming of the Messiah.

  2. Chris Fiorentino - Oct 22, 2010 at 9:34 AM

    The NBA is infinitely harder to officiate than and of the other sports too, so you have to take that into account. Baseball has a bang-bang play from time to time, but every single play in the NBA is bang-bang. Every time down the court is a drive…contact…is it a foul? Is it a charge? They have a millisecond to decide. Yeah, they give calls to superstars. If they didn’t there would be nobody left to play the game as you can call a foul on pretty much every trip down the court for both sides.

    • BC - Oct 22, 2010 at 9:45 AM

      I’d actually love to see the NBA put on pads and have some full-contact basketball. THAT would be cool.

      • easports82 - Oct 22, 2010 at 9:52 AM

        I’d like to see the NBA fold.

  3. JBerardi - Oct 22, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    “The last two minutes of an NBA game already take three hours, so obviously no one is too worried about delays or pace-of-game issues like the are in baseball. They just want to get the calls right.”

    Uhh, ok, but… the last two minutes of an NBA game are CRAP! I mean, seriously, awful. This doesn’t sound like it’s going to improve that situation at all. Plus, the problem with NBA officiating isn’t that they don’t use replay enough, it’s that they just plain suck. Replay without good officiating in the first place is like putting a nice new coat of paint on that old Camero sitting on blocks in the front yard. Meanwhile, it’s still got no engine and bees are living in it.

    The NBA doing, well, anything right? I’ll believe it when I see it.

    • scatterbrian - Oct 22, 2010 at 4:07 PM

      Yep, and that’s what I dislike about time-limit sports. The last few minutes of an NBA game are just bogged down by timeouts, drawn-up inbound plays, intentional fouls followed by free throws…. It’s like if the Blues Brothers started using their blinkers, slowed down for pedestrians, and stopped at traffic lights once they got within 5 blocks of the Cook County Assessor’s Office.

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