NBA Referees Are Locked-In

Stephen BrotherstonAnalyst ISeptember 17, 2009

DENVER - MAY 29:  Referee Mike Callahan holds the ball in Game Six of the Western Conference Finals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center on May 29, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

In the most unusual of all negotiating tactics the NBA's referees have decided to lock themselves into their hotel to prove their commitment towards getting a deal done, as reported in a NY Times article by Howard Beck

"The referees are locking themselves in, in an effort to get a deal done as soon as possible,” Lamell McMorris, the referees’ chief negotiator, said.

In most labour disputes when a strike or lock-out seems inevitable many unions members resign themselves to their fate and go home, only showing up to man union mandated picket lines.

Not these guys. All 57 NBA Referees have decided to stay to see this thing through.

With everything that's been reported to date—the major concessions that the referees have already agreed to and the willingness of the referees to keep negotiating—if David Stern and his negotiating team can't get a deal done by the preseason, the NBA has failed miserably in protecting the integrity of the game for its players and the fans.