NBA has most complaining

by Michael Baldwin Published: June 7, 2009
A lot of pro athletes complain to officials. They’re competitors. They want a fair shake. That’s understandable.

Any guess how many technical fouls were assessed this past season in the NBA? A lot.

Complaining isn’t exclusive to the NBA.

NFL players constantly ask referees to watch for holding, a receiver pushing off or a defender’s cheap shot tactics.

In Major League Baseball, pitchers and batters grumble at home plate umpires’ strike zones. Players and managers disagree with close calls. They even get ejected.

But the NBA, by far, has the most complaining. You would think a player never fouls watching the reaction every time a referee blows his whistle.

There are millions of slow-motion replays now and referees are scrutinized like never before. Blow a call and everyone knows about it. Instantly. The irony is they still get a vast majority of the calls right.

My two biggest pet peeves — before this past season covering the NBA — were men’s college basketball coaches "working” officials, hoping to get the next call and athletes and coaches that avoid the media.

by Michael Baldwin
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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