Referee Tendencies in the NBA

By Jason Wojciechowski on March 22, 2004 at 5:22 PM

This is precisely whey I read Mark Cuban's blog: I hope he'll share some of the stuff he's got going on, and not just rant about referees all the time.

For those who don't like clicking links without knowing what's behind them, that's a post on Cuban's blog giving the change in types of foul calls in the NBA this year. Obviously, whether we can trust the data as Mark Cuban posts it on his blog is a question, but maybe not too big of one, especially in light of his quest to overhaul NBA officiating.

One comment, if the data is accurate: are more technicals being issued as players complain about lack of foul calls, consider all categories of non-technicals are down? I'm curious about the two big missing categories: defensive personal fouls and loose-ball personal fouls. In fact, only one of those categories lists personal fouls, which you might argue are the most important (seeing as how they're almost certainly the most frequent) kind of violations.

Oh well. You take what you can get, I guess, and don't look a gift horse in the mouth.