Tuesday, January 14th, 2014 at 10:10 am  |  14 responses

Mark Cuban Wants the NBA to Admit All Referee Errors

Twice in less than two weeks, the League has fessed up about its officials blowing late-game calls in favor of the Dallas Mavericks. Mark Cuban surely appreciates the gesture, but he’d prefer if the NBA admitted it each time a ref screwed up. Per the Dallas Morning News:

“I love the transparency,” Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said before Monday’s home game against Orlando. “Now if I can just get them to do the same level of transparency for the other 47 minutes, 55 seconds, we’ll really be making progress.”

Does Cuban mean that the NBA should admit to all referee calls missed during every game? Is that realistic?

“Yeah it is,” Cuban said. “Because if you’re evaluating and you’re being held accountable and you’re proud of the work you do, why wouldn’t you?”

Cuban said he wouldn’t necessarily expect the NBA to send out reports immediately after every game, nor would the reports need to focus on specific referees.

“The evaluation of the officiating evolves over the course of the season as they notice what’s being called and not being called,” Cuban said. “And it would be great if we had ongoing updates, as opposed to just finding out in the course of the game.”

Should the mistakes be announced publicly?

“It’s better if it’s public,” Cuban said. “Why not? What’s to hide? All you’ve got to do is do a tweet search for NBA refs during any multi-game night,” Cuban said. “And it’s an interesting source of knowledge. I think the more transparency we have, the stronger the connection we make with our fans.”

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  • spit hot fiyah

    this will happen when all the owners start admitting all their mistakes. i.e. never

  • RyanDeahn

    Cubes can get annoying but this is a good idea.

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    Yea.. I don’t get how hard it is to overturn a play when we have enough technology for instant replays nowadays. Have seen so many calls that should’ve went the other way even for simple things like who tipped the ball out.

  • pposse

    i 1,000% agree with Marc Cuban this is long overdue

  • pposse

    you can’t stop the flow of the game by continuously going to replay. that will be a major turnoff.

    Refs just need to understand that they cannot keep making mistakes repeatedly without any consequence. If your mistakes are out in public the refs will buckle down and take their job more seriously. Soon enough everyone will realize that like NBA players there is an optimal age for referees and its not between age 55-100 yrs old.

  • JoeMaMa

    I think the referee is under appreciated and over scrutinized. You have billions of dollars invested in the game, massive egos all around, and you’re basically policing them, and by proxy, their billionaire owners who have larger egos than their players. And now you have HD cameras set up all over the arena to capture the game better than 3 sets of eyes ever could. The refs will make mistakes. I think it’s only worth admitting the big ones….otherwise you’ll paralyze these refs into becoming ineffectual.

  • responds_to_dumb_comments


    you don’t know what you’re talking about, the referees are not underappreciated. fans call out bad refereeing when they see it.

  • LLC#12

    They should make a deal. Refs will admit all their errors if Cuban admits all his signing/trade errors, and admits, that everytime he said “We’re actually better off without player X”, he was lying.

  • Dfrance

    For the most part, I agree with you. The game is extremely fast and probably the most difficult sport to officiate, but I do think there needs to be more consistency by the NBA refs. The culture of changing the interpretation of a call according to a players star level, and swallowing your whistle at the end of the game needs to change.

    I think people would be more forgiving, if the refereeing was more consistent

  • JJ Jones

    Mark cuban is right too many times the referees are unpunished for screwing up a game and the only reprecussion is “oops my bad” are u f**king joking. Players and coaches get fined and so should the refs f**king idiots.

  • davidR

    refs tend to have just as big an ego. ie: joey crawford

  • TTN

    For what? If a call is missed and it adversely affects the game the team on the short end of the stick still keeps the L so who cares.

    New Orleans just lost to Dallas last week, when Austin Rivers should have been awarded 3 free throws at the end of the games and wasn’t. Rod Thron said the next day rivers was fouled and should have gotten three free throws, but didn’t matter by then.

  • TTN

    Joey think he should be playing, he wants the recognition….

  • JoeMaMa

    If the refs were all Joey Crawford, I’d stay quiet.