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September 18, 2009 | Helene Elliott; David Wharton; Eric Sondheimer, Staff and Wire Reports
The lead negotiator and spokesman for the NBA's referees union said Thursday a lockout appears "imminent and unavoidable" following the latest breakdown in talks. Lamell McMorris said the officials made another $1 million in concessions in their proposal, but they believe it's evident the league is not interested in further discussions. The officials then headed home after spending the last 24 hours meeting in Chicago. "It's become evident that the league would not be interested in continuing conversation at this time," McMorris said.
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October 4, 2009 | MARK HEISLER, ON THE NBA
How does an NBA referee go from a blind, arrogant !@#$%&! to Solomon the Wise, without whom the game of basketball is lost? This heartwarming development happens every 10 or 20 years, when the !@#$%&!s are locked out and replaced with schnooks who have never officiated an NBA game. Replacement officials worked last week's exhibition opener in Salt Lake City without incident. This was good news for the league, since the Jazz was playing the volatile Denver Nuggets. Talks with the National Basketball Referees Assn.
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October 4, 2009 | MARK HEISLER, ON THE NBA
How does an NBA referee go from a blind, arrogant !@#$%&! to Solomon the Wise, without whom the game of basketball is lost? This heartwarming development happens every 10 or 20 years, when the !@#$%&!s are locked out and replaced with schnooks who have never officiated an NBA game. Replacement officials worked last week's exhibition opener in Salt Lake City without incident. This was good news for the league, since the Jazz was playing the volatile Denver Nuggets. Talks with the National Basketball Referees Assn.
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September 18, 2009 | Helene Elliott; David Wharton; Eric Sondheimer, Staff and Wire Reports
The lead negotiator and spokesman for the NBA's referees union said Thursday a lockout appears "imminent and unavoidable" following the latest breakdown in talks. Lamell McMorris said the officials made another $1 million in concessions in their proposal, but they believe it's evident the league is not interested in further discussions. The officials then headed home after spending the last 24 hours meeting in Chicago. "It's become evident that the league would not be interested in continuing conversation at this time," McMorris said.
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August 20, 2008 | From the Associated Press
NEW YORK -- Umpires want baseball to take another look at instant replay. Umps said their governing board voted Tuesday to boycott a conference call with management intended to discuss implementing replay, angry that their concerns aren't being addressed. Major League Baseball responding by saying it canceled today's call because it doesn't have a replay agreement with the union. "A lot of the procedural issues necessary for instant replay to be implemented need to be worked out," World Umpires Assn.
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June 11, 2008 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
NBA referees manipulated Game 6 of a 2002 playoff series to favor the Lakers and bring about a seventh game against the Sacramento Kings, disgraced former referee Tim Donaghy alleged in court papers filed Tuesday. Describing two former referee peers as "company men," Donaghy claims in a letter filed by his lawyer that "it was in the NBA's interest to add another game to the series." Without naming the teams involved, the letter to U.S. District Judge Carol Bagley Amon in Brooklyn describes a playoff series in 2002 that went seven games.
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September 11, 2009 | Lance Pugmire; Jim Peltz, Staff and Wire Reports
NBA referees are prepared to be locked out for the start of the season after negotiations with the league on a new contract broke down this week when Commissioner David Stern ended the latest bargaining session. No further talks are scheduled -- and when they do resume, it'll be without the commissioner. Referees spokesman Lamell McMorris accused Stern of acting childish and not negotiating in good faith, so Stern removed himself from the process. Stern said Thursday he told McMorris that, "In fact, if it was going to get personal -- which apparently he's decided to make it by calling news media and leveling a series of inaccurate allegations -- that I would absent myself from the negotiations, which I have.
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May 2, 2008 | From the Associated Press
WASHINGTON -- Umpire Kerwin Danley still has headaches, five days after he was hit in the mask by a pitch from the Dodgers' Brad Penny. Danley's condition is being monitored by Major League Baseball and he is not yet scheduled to return to work, the World Umpires Assn. said Thursday. He was briefly knocked unconscious by the fastball to the right side of his jaw and was hospitalized briefly after Saturday night's game. CT scans were negative, the union said.
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September 28, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The World Umpires Assn. will not contest the season-ending suspension given to Mike Winters for using a vulgarity aimed at San Diego's Milton Bradley on Sunday. "I've spoken with Mike Winters, and he sincerely regrets what happened on the field that day," union spokesman Lamell McMorris said.
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March 6, 2004 | From Times Wire Services
Referee Michael Henderson, whose blown call at the end of a Laker-Nugget game drew a rebuke from the NBA, will return to the court after meeting with league officials. "He will resume his normal schedule," NBA spokesman Tim Frank said, declining to give details about the meeting.
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September 11, 2009 | Lance Pugmire; Jim Peltz, Staff and Wire Reports
NBA referees are prepared to be locked out for the start of the season after negotiations with the league on a new contract broke down this week when Commissioner David Stern ended the latest bargaining session. No further talks are scheduled -- and when they do resume, it'll be without the commissioner. Referees spokesman Lamell McMorris accused Stern of acting childish and not negotiating in good faith, so Stern removed himself from the process. Stern said Thursday he told McMorris that, "In fact, if it was going to get personal -- which apparently he's decided to make it by calling news media and leveling a series of inaccurate allegations -- that I would absent myself from the negotiations, which I have.
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August 20, 2008 | From the Associated Press
NEW YORK -- Umpires want baseball to take another look at instant replay. Umps said their governing board voted Tuesday to boycott a conference call with management intended to discuss implementing replay, angry that their concerns aren't being addressed. Major League Baseball responding by saying it canceled today's call because it doesn't have a replay agreement with the union. "A lot of the procedural issues necessary for instant replay to be implemented need to be worked out," World Umpires Assn.
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June 11, 2008 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
NBA referees manipulated Game 6 of a 2002 playoff series to favor the Lakers and bring about a seventh game against the Sacramento Kings, disgraced former referee Tim Donaghy alleged in court papers filed Tuesday. Describing two former referee peers as "company men," Donaghy claims in a letter filed by his lawyer that "it was in the NBA's interest to add another game to the series." Without naming the teams involved, the letter to U.S. District Judge Carol Bagley Amon in Brooklyn describes a playoff series in 2002 that went seven games.
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May 10, 2005 | Jerry Crowe, Times Staff Writer
NBA referees might not agree, but, as far as league officials are concerned, the dark cloud hanging over Jeff Van Gundy has passed. The Houston Rocket coach on Monday acknowledged he was "purposely vague" regarding the comments he'd made about "an NBA official" during the first round of the playoffs that had earned him a record fine. The NBA accepted his explanation and the matter was considered closed, the league said.
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February 28, 2004 | From Times Wire Services
Referee Michael Henderson was suspended for three games for making an incorrect call during Wednesday night's game in Denver between the Lakers and Nuggets, the first such penalty in league history. Henderson was penalized for calling a shot-clock violation against the Nuggets near the end of the game. After talking it over, officials ordered a jump ball that went to the Lakers, who then won the game, 112-111, on a three-point basket by Kareem Rush with 3.2 seconds left.
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