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PostPosted: 09/01/17 6:53 am    ::: Poor WNBA officiating still the bane of league’s existence Reply Reply with quote

http://spokesman-recorder.com/2017/08/31/poor-wnba-officiating-still-bane-leagues-existence/

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There hasn’t been a game this season that I’ve watched either in-person or on television where I can honestly say the game was remotely well-officiated



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PostPosted: 09/01/17 8:09 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Eh, not one of my favorite authors, and he's obviously still stinging from the missed call from last year's Game 5.

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But this season the zebras have been in overboard mode, stopping play to check nearly every stinkin’ call. This has brought games to a momentum-killing halt.


That's not really the refs' fault. It's new league directive to review every possible hostile act.

He points out that players complain about the calls, but when haven't they complained about the calls, whether they deserve the call or not. Complaining and flopping have become part of the game.



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PostPosted: 09/01/17 8:15 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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Complaining and flopping have become part of the game.


Complaining and flopping have always been part of the WNBA. Anyone who saw the histrionics of Mery Andrade knows that.



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PostPosted: 09/01/17 10:14 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I couldn't resist, so I sent him the following email:

First, a little background: I covered the WNBA from the beginning though not in person since the Monarchs were folded. I cover college basketball, write about women's basketball and am a major NBA fan.

I also coach girls at the high school level, and have done so for many years. My teams have been very successful and pretty horrid, so I've seen the gamut of officials.

1) Have you ever officiated?

2) Where would these better officials come from? Where are they officiating now?

Many, if not most, WNBA refs work college during the winter, and my understanding is that every WNBA game is reviewed by a supervisor. So how would going full-time make them better? Did you talk to the WNBA head of officials before writing the story? How about WNBA officials?

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3) The quality of the officiating closely mirrors the quality of play at all levels, so what's the basic complaint?

Generally, fans only focus on egregious errors by officials, while ignoring or not noticing similar errors by players. (Defensive mistakes in the WNBA are extremely common, and in the NBA too, and probably more common than blown calls, but for obvious reasons, fans and sportswriters don't notice them. Offensive mental errors are also very, very common, but fans and sportswriters will gloss over those mistakes by their team, and credit their team for forcing the other team to make them, but they focus on officials. Note the on line threads about games, and how people go nuts about refs, but say nothing about continued inability to defend the pick-and-roll, to mention just one area of coaching focus.)

Looking forward to your response, especially about your discussions with WNBA supervisors and officials.



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PostPosted: 09/01/17 10:59 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I see the article as being somewhat disingenuous from the standpoint of specificity. It's easy to articulate any general statement such as "there's a dozen blown calls each game," or whatever general statement you prefer without providing specifics. It doesn't lend itself much to the credibility of the article if supporting evidence isn't provided. And no, players complaining isn't supporting evidence.

I've thought this year there's been more consistency myself, especially with respect to what does and does not constitute a foul on penetrations to the rim. Players that drive and take a tumble don't seem to me to be as likely to automatically draw a call. Is it perfect? No and it won't be. But if you take my team, they were a huge minus in FTA early and are now a plus. Obviously defensive scheme and positioning is a huge part but I'd think being able to adjust on both ends to how games are called couldn't have hurt.

Oh and I'll criticize the Libs' defense when I think it's warranted. 😉



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PostPosted: 09/01/17 12:40 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

pilight wrote:
Shades wrote:
Complaining and flopping have become part of the game.


Complaining and flopping have always been part of the WNBA. Anyone who saw the histrionics of Mery Andrade knows that.


You mean Mery "the Holdsclaw Stopper" Andrade? Laughing



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PostPosted: 09/01/17 3:08 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

The article is hyperbolic anyway - Poor officiating is not the "bane of the WNBA's existence" anyway. I can think of a many problems that are far more pressing and destructive to the league's success.


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