January 9, 2013 |
The NBA has fined Mark Cuban $50,000 for making critical Twitter comments about league officiating. The Dallas Mavericks owner was unhappy after the Mavericks lost to the New Orleans Hornets on Saturday and tweeted: "Im sorry NBA fans. Ive tried for 13 years to fix the officiating in this league and I have failed miserably. Any Suggestions ? I need help. " The Mavericks were called for 20 fouls in the game, the Hornets 10. Cuban is no stranger to fines. The latest assessment pushes his total to about $1.8 million in fines since he bought the Mavs in 2000.
September 11, 2009 |
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.
January 13, 2014 |
Soccer referees in North America, Central America and the Caribbean have been instructed to follow the lead of European officials and stop matches if they hear racist chants or insults. CONCACAF, the regional governing body for the confederation that includes Mexico and the U.S., said Monday that its executive committee adopted the policy in an attempt to stamp out racism in the sport. "The procedure outlines a clear and precise approach of zero tolerance for racist or discriminatory incidents that may arise during matches," Jeffrey Webb, CONCACAF's president, told the Associated Press.
July 29, 1989 |
Until he sent everyone home early in Atlantic City, N.J., two Fridays ago, referee Randy Neumann hadn't been heard from since becoming the answer to one of boxing's trivia questions. The question: Who is the only fighter ever to lose on cuts to Chuck (the Bayonne Bleeder) Wepner? It happened in 1974. Neumann and Wepner fought several times, but on this occasion it was for the New Jersey heavyweight championship.
January 7, 1990 |
Field judge Pat Mallette had to leave the Minnesota Vikings-San Francisco 49ers playoff game in the first quarter Saturday after colliding with a player on Joe Montana's 72-yard touchdown pass play to Jerry Rice. Mallette lay on the turf for about a minute and walked to the locker room with an injury to his left shoulder. He was replaced by alternate Don Dorkowski. Mallette was following Rice into the end zone and was hit around the 10-yard-line.
March 21, 1991 |
It has long been the notion here that you can never stop a prizefight too soon, only too late. There are some fights that should have been stopped before they were started. They stopped Benny (Kid) Paret's fight with Emile Griffith one lifetime too late, for example. The list is long of pugilists who went ignorantly to their executions, who would be alive today if the referee were less full of fight. A crowd is bloodthirsty. It abhors a cease-fire.