Dick Bavetta
American basketball referee
Dick Bavetta
Richard T. "Dick" Bavetta is an American professional basketball referee for the National Basketball Association (NBA). Since starting in 1975, he has never missed an assigned game. By the start of the 2006–07 NBA season, he had worked 2,164 regular season and 228 playoff games, including 24 NBA Finals games. He currently holds the league record for most officiated games. On December 29, 2011 he officiated his 2,500 consecutive game. He wears uniform number 27.
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Tonight in Music: The xx, Mecca Normal, Random, Alanis Morissette
The Portland Mercury - over 4 years
THE XX, JOHN TALABOT (Roseland, 8 NW 6th) Read our article on the xx. MECCA NORMAL, AMENTA ABIOTO, REBECCA GATES (Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, 5340 N Interstate) I'm not merely indulging sentimentality here when I write that the all-ages music scene in Portland sure isn't what it used to be. By "used to be," I'm referring to a mere couple of years ago—in hindsight, venues like the defunct Chaos CafÉ, Satyricon, and the Artistery seemed almost too good to be true, and the number of houses receptive to hosting shows has ostensibly decreased significantly since then as well, leaving very little options for those under 21. So this is great news: all-ages shows are now being held at the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center building through the stalwart Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls, and the kickoff show—which is also curated by the camp—features progenitorial indie rock duo Mecca Normal as headliner. See you there! MORGAN TROPER RANDOM, MR MIRANDA, DJ DN3, MOUSE POWELL, ...
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Up & Coming
The Portland Mercury - over 4 years
Music previews for the week of October 4-10. THURSDAY 10/4 ELVIS TURNS 50 (Star Theater, 13 NW 6th) See My, What a Busy Week! WOODEN INDIAN BURIAL GROUND, STILL CAVES, AU DUNES (Barlow Tavern, 6008 N Greeley) Hot holy jeezums, Wooden Indian Burial Ground's new, self-titled record is it. The Portland four-piece hammers out jumping-bean psychedelic garage boogie that's jam-packed with yips, rips, trips, flips, and more unnecessary feedback than an employee evaluation card. Wooden Indian Burial Ground doesn't have a single dull moment on it, whether it be from the full-throttle shredfest of opener "Helicopter," the damaged military three-step of "Waltz for Eldritch," the blunted caravan roll of "Bryant St. Death Cult," or the wah-wah-strewn horror-movie theme of album closer "A Long Way from Cerrillos." With this record, Wooden Indian Burial Ground have squealed and moaned their way to the upper echelon of West Coast psych—a crowde ...
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Together Again: Heat-Knicks Rivalry Goes Back
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
MIAMI (AP) — The New York Knicks and Miami Heat are about to meet in a postseason series for the fifth time, starting Saturday. Miami has held the home-court advantage in every one, and all four went to an ultimate game with the Heat prevailing in 1997 and the Knicks winning in 1998, 1999 and 2000. A look back: ___ 1997: Heat 4, Knicks 3 Miami trailed the series 3-1, when the matchup — and New York's Charlie Ward — got flipped upside down. A fight in Game 5, sparked by Ward and Heat forward P.J. Brown getting tangled up under a basket, not only raised the intensity of the rivalry several notches but turned things in Miami's favor. Allan Houston, Patrick Ewing, Larry Johnson and John Starks all were suspended for leaving the Knicks' bench to join the fight, and Miami won the last three games of the series by an average of 10.3 points. Quotable: "We're not a team to say, 'We're going to go out and bu ...
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Gabrielle Union, Dwyane Wade’s Girlfriend, Banned From Front Row Of Heat Games
The Inquisitor - almost 5 years
If you’ve been watching Miami Heat games this season you’ve probably seen Gabrielle Union, Dwyane Wade’s girlfriend, sitting court side. She was probably screaming something obscene at a ref. Or heckling one of the player’s on the court. Unfortunately, Union’s antics will no longer be apart of the Heat’s game plan, as Wade has banned his girlfriend from the front row. Union appeared on Conan last night and told the talk show host that she’s no longer allowed to sit court side. Union said: “I don’t sit court side anymore.  That got killed when I got a little too vocal. (Wade said) ‘we’re going to need you to move a few rows back.’” Union also gave a few examples of her heckling skills. She screamed at veteran official Dick Bavetta: ”You’ll get your Viagra if you just make a call.” Told an unnamed overweight player: “Your spanx are showing.” And constantly yells “brick” and “airball.” Oh, and Dwyane Wade isn’t exempt from her criticism. When Wade puts up a bad shot, Union ...
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Houston Rockets and NBA Referees: An Exhaustive Report - The Dream Shake
Google News - over 5 years
-The Rockets were terrible when one of the "Big Three" (Joey Crawford, Bennett Salvatore, and Dick Bavetta) refereed a game last year. Their combined record with the Rockets was 3-8, and none refereed together. -Dan Crawford drew five Rockets road
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García: "Somos como un elefante con pie de barro" - La Nueva Provincia
Google News - over 5 years
En ese torneo, Petete se convirtió en el hombre récord, tras arbitrar 31 segundos en el juego México (85)-Venezuela (88), cuando reemplazó al lesionado Ricardo Morales y entró para formar pareja con el estadounidense Dick Bavetta
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BEACH BALL - Asbury Park Press
Google News - over 5 years
Nies, Dick Bavetta and Bob Delaney all refereed in the league and made it to the NBA. That early JSBL wasn't necessarily better than the one that plays at St. Rose today, just different. It wasn't NCAA-sanctioned back then, so you were either in high
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NBA Finals 2011: Top 10 Reasons Why LeBron James - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
Sure, Barkley has already kissed a mule and Dick Bavetta, but this would be a whole new level of humiliation. While Barkley will probably love the attention, and America will hate James even more for giving us everlasting nightmares of Chuck's buttocks
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NBA Playoffs 2011: Finals Will Decide If LeBron James or Dirk Nowitzki Is Better - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
Among others, Donaghy cited the sixth game of the 2002 Western Conference Finals in which Dick Bavetta, a referee Donaghy called a master at manipulating games to make them close, allegedly went to work to allow "the better team" to "win Game 7
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Readers respond to my column on Joakim Noah heckling incident (video) - Sun-Sentinel (blog)
Google News - almost 6 years
I remember one episode when a fan was heckling Dick Bavetta pretty hard for, well, being Dick Bavetta. He used no expletives and didn't really say anything that any reasonable person would consider offensive. It was just loud and consistent
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Bulls-Heat not over until the refs have their say - PennLive.com (blog)
Google News - almost 6 years
Something along the lines of the infamous 2002 Western Conference finals Game 6 when Dick Bavetta and his buddies handed 27 free throws to the Los Angeles Lakers in the fourth quarter alone and nine to the Sacramento Kings. You'll see lots of Wade and
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Ozzie Guillen and Me: Meet the Opinion Guy - Bleacher Report
Google News - almost 6 years
After all, when someone such as Phil jackson says something as earth-shattering as "I think Dick Bavetta blew that call," it lights up the talk show switchboards like little else. If it was a gimmick, the only thing keeping him afloat,
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Ailene Voisin: A good week ... Kings in Sacramento, Lakers in trouble - Sacramento Bee
Google News - almost 6 years
In Game 6, the officiating crew of Bob Delaney, Ted Bernhardt and Dick Bavetta became caught up in the celebrity of Staples Center, took aim at the Kings and basically swiped a game with their whistles. And Game 7? That was an inspired,
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Celtics can't lose their pride - Boston Globe
Google News - almost 6 years
But while I get as aggravated -- and occasionally enraged -- with the likes of Dick Bavetta and Bennett Salvatore as anyone this side of Tommy Heinsohn, I just can't see it being a reasonable gripe for Celtics fans thus far
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72 Years Experience Out; 5 New Referees In
NYTimes - over 6 years
The latest changes to the N.B.A.'s officiating staff include four significant departures and one very large addition. Four veteran referees with a combined 72 seasons of N.B.A. experience have retired or moved on: Joe DeRosa, Joe Forte, Sean Corbin and Phil Robinson. The vacancies will be filled by five Development League referees, one of whom will
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Disgraced Referee Forces New Investigation
NYTimes - over 7 years
For the second time in two years, the N.B.A. is being forced to investigate the conduct of its officiating staff because of provocative allegations made by a disgraced former referee. In an unpublished book, the former referee Tim Donaghy accuses his former colleagues of manipulating games and allowing friendships and grudges to dictate calls.
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SPORTS OF THE TIMES; N.B.A. Officials Consistently Inconsistent
NYTimes - almost 8 years
More than any other sport, basketball gives its officials the power to shape the tone and tenor of a game. This is especially true in the National Basketball Association, where an official's influence is accentuated during the playoffs -- a powder keg of emotion that can explode on every possession. There is a sense among an increasing number of
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SPURS 108, NETS 93; On the Way to School, Lopez Meets Duncan
NYTimes - about 8 years
He was guilty. There was no lingering doubt for Brook Lopez, the officials or the crowd at Izod Center. Lopez raised his hand in the air, the same one that was caught holding Tim Duncan in the post. For the Nets, there will occasionally be games like Tuesday night's 108-93 loss to the San Antonio Spurs, contests that toe the line between a test and
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Officiating Crew Is a Focus After Assignment of Bavetta
NYTimes - over 8 years
The N.B.A.'s officiating controversy crept back into the finals on Sunday, before the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers ever took the court. Dick Bavetta, who was a subject of inquiries by federal agents last summer, was the lead referee for Game 5 at Staples Center. The assignment of Bavetta was certain to fuel suspicion by the
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Dick Bavetta
  • 2014
    Age 74
    After 39 years of officiating in the NBA, Bavetta officially retired on August 19, 2014.
    More Details Hide Details Bavetta is also actively involved in charitable works. He has established and financed the Lady Bavetta Scholarships since 1986 in honor of his daughters, awarded to high school minority children based on their needs. He has volunteered since 1992 with Double H-Hole in the Woods Ranch working with children with cancer and HIV. He also works with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and serves as the Upstate New York Regional Director for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.
  • 2013
    Age 73
    His game on April 12, 2013 in Washington was his 2,600th consecutive game as an NBA official.
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  • 2008
    Age 68
    The NBA has not permitted Bavetta to speak publicly regarding the incident, though The New York Times reported on June 12, 2008 that the FBI is investigating allegations that Game 6 of the 2002 Western Conference Finals had been manipulated to further the series to a seventh game. Even the television announcers commented on how obvious it was that the fix was in. In a 2002 article, Bill Simmons named the worst officiated games of the prior four years, alleging that the games involved either extending a series so it did not end quickly or advancing a large market team for the NBA's benefit.
    More Details Hide Details All seven games named had been officiated by Bavetta.
  • 2007
    Age 67
    During the 2007 NBA All-Star Weekend, Bavetta raced Turner Network Television (TNT) studio analyst and former NBA player Charles Barkley for a $75,000 charitable donation ($50,000 contributed by the NBA and $25,000 by TNT) to the Las Vegas Boys & Girls Clubs of America, but lost by a narrow margin.
    More Details Hide Details The distance of the race was three and one half full lengths of the court (or 329 feet). Bavetta lost the race despite a last-second dive and Barkley running the last portion of the race backwards. The dive resulted in an abrasion injury to Bavetta's right knee. According to Darryl Dawkins's autobiography, Bavetta was officiating an NBA game during the mid-1970s between the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Nets with Earl Strom as his partner for that game. Bavetta overruled Strom on a crucial last-second personal foul call against the Nets, which would have been a victory for the 76ers. When the game ended and players were walking to their respective locker rooms, the door to the referees' locker room flew open and Bavetta came staggering out. His uniform was allegedly ripped and he was wearing a big welt over his eye, running to get away from Strom. Strom stepped out into the hallway and hollered after Bavetta, "You'll take another one of my fucking calls again, right, you motherfucker?" Strom was fined for the incident.
  • 2006
    Age 66
    During the 2006–07 season, Bavetta officiated a December 16, 2006 game between the New York Knicks and Denver Nuggets.
    More Details Hide Details The game involved a brawl where all ten players on the court were ejected by Bavetta and his officiating crew. The league eventually suspended seven players for a total of 47 games and fined both teams $500,000.
    On February 8, 2006, Bavetta officiated his 2,135th NBA game, setting a league record for most games officiated that was previously held by Jake O'Donnell.
    More Details Hide Details Bavetta said the secret to his longevity was "wearing five pairs of socks", which he claims helped keep his feet in good shape. Contributing to his good health, Bavetta says he runs five to eight miles every day. For his longevity in the league, he has received the nickname "the Cal Ripken, Jr. of referees".
  • 1999
    Age 59
    Bavetta's career was threatened when he was accidentally hit in the nose by Pacers forward Jalen Rose, who was trying to punch Knicks center Patrick Ewing during a 1999 game between the Indiana Pacers and the New York Knicks.
    More Details Hide Details Bavetta did not leave the game immediately, opting to wait until later in the day to have surgery. He returned the next day to officiate a New Jersey Nets game.
  • 1998
    Age 58
    Among those playoff games included Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals, in which Bavetta ruled that a three-point basket made by Howard Eisley of the Utah Jazz was released after the shot clock buzzer sounded and thus would not count.
    More Details Hide Details However, television replays on NBC showed otherwise.
  • 1990
    Age 50
    From 1990 to 2000, Bavetta regularly refereed playoff games and was ranked at the top among referees in terms of performance evaluation.
    More Details Hide Details In 2000, he was one of the highest-paid referees in the NBA, earning over $200,000 a year.
  • 1989
    Age 49
    Bavetta had another altercation with Strom when Strom tried to choke Bavetta during halftime of an NBA game in 1989 for allegedly siding with the home crowd.
    More Details Hide Details Strom reportedly apologized two weeks later. Bavetta was one of three referees for the Game 6 of the 2002 Western Conference Finals between the Kings and the Lakers. Former referee Tim Donaghy has alleged that at least one of the referees working this game had subjective motives for wanting the Lakers to defeat the Kings, and made officiating calls to effectuate this outcome.
  • 1986
    Age 46
    He was assigned to officiate his first playoff game in 1986.
    More Details Hide Details Bavetta's most memorable game occurred during a 1980s nationally televised contest between the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics when he was forced to officiate an NBA game by himself after his partner, Jack Madden, broke his leg in a collision with Celtics guard Dennis Johnson. At one point in the game, Celtics forward Larry Bird and 76ers guard Julius Erving began to strangle each other and were ejected by Bavetta. Bavetta believed that this game assisted in the progression of his career in the NBA.
  • 1983
    Age 43
    To improve his officiating, Bavetta refereed games for the New Jersey pro league and Rucker League in Harlem during the off-seasons and studied NBA rulebooks. In 1983, he became the first referee to undergo rigorous physical training.
    More Details Hide Details He ran six to eight miles and took three-hour naps every day. His effort paid off when he emerged as one of the best referees. In the 1980s, he was named chief referee, who has the power to approve or overrule calls made by other officials.
  • 1975
    Age 35
    He debuted December 2, 1975 at Madison Square Garden in an NBA game between the New York Knicks and the Boston Celtics.
    More Details Hide Details His first ten years in the league were tough as he was constantly ranked bottom among NBA referees in performance evaluations and led the league in technical fouls and ejections called.
    Bavetta was finally hired by the NBA in 1975 following the retirement of Mendy Rudolph.
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  • 1962
    Age 22
    Bavetta attended Power Memorial Academy in New York City (the same school future NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar attended) and is a 1962 graduate of St. Francis College in New York and played on the schools' basketball teams.
    More Details Hide Details He began officiating after his brother, Joe, who officiated for the American Basketball Association, convinced him that it would be an interesting career. A Wall Street broker for Salomon Brothers with an MBA in finance from the New York Institute of Finance, Bavetta began officiating games between fellow brokers in the Wall Street League, played at New York's Downtown Athletic Club, and later worked high school games. For ten years, he officiated Public and Catholic High School leagues in New York and later nine years in the Eastern Professional Basketball League, which later became the Continental Basketball Association. In mid-1960s, he began to attend regional referee tryouts in the hopes of becoming an NBA referee; however, he was rejected for nine straight years due to his small physique and unimposing size.
  • 1939
    Bavetta was born in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York on December 10, 1939.
    More Details Hide Details His father was an officer for the New York Police Department, and his mother was a homemaker.
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