September 25, 2010 6 Comments
Officials get a lot of criticism for a job that could be considered one of the most high pressure jobs in the world. Don’t believe me? Just ask the referees from the World Cup who didn’t see Frank Lampard’s shot cross the goal line. If you can’t get a hold of them, you might want to send an e-mail to MLB umpire Jim Joyce, the man who took away the perfect game from Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Gallaraga. How about searching up NFL referee Phil Luckett?
Okay, enough with the examples. We get it, refereeing is not an easy job, and by no means have I been on the side of an umpire or referee at any point in my life. Notice how I said high pressure, not high degree of difficulty. As an athlete I probably don’t give refs enough credit, but the fact of the matter is that in professional sports referees are slowly but surely being given too much protection by their respective leagues.
Today, the NBA announced that they are going to be cracking down even more heavily on players and giving more technical fouls. The NBA plans to take out gestures such as swinging a fist in the air out of anger. They plan to give technical fouls even if these gestures are not directed specifically at officials. Apparently, fans feel that players complain too much, *cough* Tim Duncan *cough*, and this is part of the reasoning behind this decision.
Sorry David Stern, but this is exactly the opposite of what should be happening. Well at least partly.
I do agree there is too much complaining to officials, but it is not coming from the players as much. I think that toleration to the way coaches get in the referees ear during games is unbelievable. However, what the NBA is now trying to crack down on is raw emotion. As a player in any type of competitive sport it is virtually impossible to stay calm and collected under certain circumstances and calling a technical on a player whose actions are more or less determined by the heat of a pressure packed game is just wrong. Especially when these actions are not directed at an official.
I still don’t understand why slamming the ball against the floor is a technical foul. Are we going to get to the point where no one is allowed to say anything without getting a technical foul? Maybe the NBA should just input a no emotion rule. I’m sure that would fix things, right?
What I can’t comprehend even further is why the NBA front office issues an ‘ultimatum’ of sorts on such a non-issue, while other issues such as player flopping have become so much more prominent in today’s game and are being left unaddressed.
We are constantly seeing these athletes hitting the floor like their soccer players or something, yet nothing is being done by the NBA to fix this. Referees do catch players flopping, however, the only thing they can do is not make the call. Instead of simply a non-call, players should be penalized for flopping. I understand that flopping is something that is very hard to detect, but as I’ve stated in previous posts, what do we have video review for? The NBA can review players who are continually accused of flopping then fine or suspend them at their discretion. You get fined or suspended and you’re not going to flop again. End of story.
Instead, the NBA decides that players screaming or fist pumping is the more immediate issue that has to be dealt with. They already are calling technicals for such minor things and they decide that they are going to be more extreme with it.
You know what I think; I think it’s absolutely nonsensical.
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