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Mark Cuban Resorts to Crowdsourcing to Fix NBA Officiating

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Jesse DorseyFeatured ColumnistJanuary 6, 2013

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is no stranger to controversy, so his tweet asking his followers to help him solve the officiating problem in the NBA isn't exactly a surprise.

Cuban has been an outspoken critic of nearly everything David Stern has done since buying the Mavericks back in 2000.

It was all exacerbated by the 2006 NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks, one of the most controversially officiated playoff series since the 2002 Western Conference Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Sacramento Kings.

In the end, it's just another step in Cuban's crusade against the NBA's notorious officiating.

Im sorry NBA fans. Ive tried for 13 yrs to fix the officiating in this league and I have failed miserably. Any Suggestions ? I need help

— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) January 6, 2013

 

As Stern has never hesitated to fine him in the past, it's not going to surprise anyone who should find out that Cuban has been fined within the next few days.

Cuban has spent most of his time as an NBA owner with his wallet opened up, dumping money into the NBA's swear jar, so another fine for this one wouldn't be something too damning to his reputation or his pocketbook.

In the end, the responses he got were all what you would expect—a few interesting suggestions and a lot of anger toward David Stern.

@mcuban Blog all the errors and mistakes and scandals you see. Call it like you see it. Damn the consequences.

— Jordan Golson (@jlgolson) January 6, 2013

 

@mcuban FIRE DAVID STERN

— Jane (@janephd1) January 6, 2013

 

@mcuban Hope you have better luck with Adam Silver than you did with Stern. Wish I had a better solution for you.

— Joe Casale (@sportsJC16) January 6, 2013

In the end, it's just Cuban doing what Cuban does best—complaining about something that's not nearly as big a problem as it used to be.

Since the Tim Donaghy Scandal, NBA officiating has leveled off in terms of acceptability. There have been no obvious atrociously officiated games or series in years.

With the fast pace of basketball, blown calls will continue to happen, but there's no reason to continue a vendetta against the league for something that has improved over the years and is never going to drastically change.

Superstar calls will always exist, and the whistles will almost always favor the offense (more points leads to more fun, after all). Just enjoy the game for what it is.

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