View Full Version : Millionaire Ref's being Replaced

09-21-2009, 08:57 AM

The NBA's statement said the previous deal gave the referees retirement bonuses of up to $575,000, on top of pension benefits that could exceed $2 million. It said that came on top of compensation totaling nearly $150,000 per year for entry level referees and more than $550,000 annually for the most senior referees. :speechless:

From reading this article and seeing the poor job they are doing the Ref's are greatly overpaid. Pat Riley and thier coach took 6 figure pay cuts this off-season and the refs are looking to add to their retirement pot. With that kind of income they can secure their own retirement.

The league also sought to lower costs through reductions in areas such as the travel budget and per diems, and the union also fought a league plan to develop younger officials. But the biggest difference was in the referees' pension and severance plans."

They fought the league on developing younger referee's? Why?? Who does that benefit???

The league should train and replace these referee's permanently, the replacements can be hired under a new agreement, with a new/non union, bring the ref's saleries down to EARTH.

09-21-2009, 12:05 PM
I agree

09-21-2009, 12:56 PM
with the current state of the economy and relatively low demand for referees, the nba is trying to use its position to drive down ref's pay now and far into the future with a labor contract.

it's really not that much about being overpaid or underpaid.

09-21-2009, 01:57 PM
Excerpt: "The proposals we have made to the NBRA are extraordinarily fair and reasonable, given the current economic circumstances," Buchanan said. "Since late 2008, the league and our teams have made far deeper cuts in non-referee headcount and expenses than we are asking for here."

The article fails to mention what the NBA's new offer to the officials entails. It's hard to make anything but assumptions.