NYT: When it Comes to Calling Fouls, N.B.A. Should Look to the Playground
Hi! So I know this has nothing to do with the Knicks and that you’re tired of Knicks Morning News and stuff. We promise to get back to our regularly-scheduled content program soon, but I thought I’d share my latest piece from the Thymes, which is about the possibility of instituting a “call your own foul” system in the NBA:
A long-standing criticism of the N.B.A., has been the influence of referees on the flow and outcome of games – especially how, when, and in what context certain fouls are called.
Given the presence of ever-improving video technology, it’s inevitable that a good number of foul calls could be proven incorrect. Problem is, unlike with instant replay in the N.F.L., there is no mechanism for N.B.A. refs to right such wrongs, short of altering the severity of a flagrant foul.
Which is why the league needs to move from referee-whistled fouls and adopt a practice as time-tested as the game itself: letting the players call their own.
Well, kind of.
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Beyond his work for KnickerBlogger, Jim is a contributor to the New York Times Off the Dribble NBA blog, ESPN.com, and The Classical. He is currently working on a biography of Robert Silverman, titled "Clownin' and Astoundin.'" Follow him on Twitter @JPCavan.