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The NBA Referee Lockout: David Stern Sees All the Angles

Published by on October 12, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA

David Stern is a man that looks at all of the angles. As a leader, he does not make decisions on whims. His choices always come down to what is best for the NBA brand.

That brand was nearly shattered when a rogue official named Tim Donaghy was accused, indicted, and is now serving time for betting on NBA games. In a game that is as difficult to officiate as basketball, the integrity of the highest pro league was nearly compromised.

Stern has the memory of an elephant, so when the contract for the NBA officials came up this summer, he saw that he had an angle that he could exploit. There is an angle where he can keep the current cast of NBA refs and pay them less. The union for the NBA refs voted 57-0 to not all...

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