Some NBA refs have been accused of favoring teams and certain players. And we all know about Tim Donaghy cheating the Sacramento Kings back in 2002. Well now it looks like new NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is working to change the perception of NBA referees.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban who clashed with former Commissioner David Stern about officiating was waiting to see if Silver would make any changes that Stern refused to make. Cuban spoke to Howard Beck of Bleacher Report about one of those changes which involves the NBA is sending teams blown call reports on referees.
“I think he’s taken some great steps on the officiating,” Cuban said. “There’s been more changes in 15 days, or whatever it is, than I saw in 14 years.”
Cuban then divulged the most significant of those changes: The league is now sending its teams regular reports on blown calls by the referees. It’s one of the first steps in Silver’s push for greater transparency. Cuban has been advocating for measures like this since he purchased the Mavericks in 2000.
“So I like what he’s doing there,” Cuban said.
“Those are things that never would have happened” under Stern, Cuban said. He added, “I’ve been asking for it forever. It’s not all the way there, but it’s starting to happen.”
It is very interesting to see that the NBA has started to send these reports. I wonder if this will affect how referees handle certain games and certain situations in the future.