NBA Ref Lockout: For Better or Worse?

Sachin AroraCorrespondent ISeptember 29, 2009

ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 14:  Head coach Stan Van Gundy of the Orlando Magic talks with referee Ken Mauer #41 during Game Five of the 2009 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers on June 14, 2009 at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida. The Lakers won 99-86. 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 Elsa/Getty Images)

So as the NBA season is less than a month away, it has been announced that we will have to start this upcoming season with replacement refs. How bad can this be? Lets look at the possible pros and cons in this situation.

Pros: Players still have refs who will at least make some reasonable calls and the NBA will have the satisfaction that they didn't give in to the refs. If you think about it, the refs are there just to guide the game to make sure that it is played right. Sure, these replacements may not be as great as the NBRA refs, but I'm sure that they will still see fouls and travels and will make right calls.

Cons: In this situation, it's hard to see the bright side. If someone was a good ref they would already be in the NBRA. These replacement refs will do the job, but not nearly as well as needed considering the fact that sometimes basketball has calls that are very hard to make and we are counting on these replacements to make the right calls. With this, the NBA could lose even more fans in an already dropping market.

Overall, we would obviously want the NBA and the refs to sort out this situation, but hey, at least it's the refs and not the players in this lockout. Eventually this situation will be solved, but for now, let's just watch some basketball.


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