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FAN Take – Referees Engage Fans

By Cody Alderton

FAN Take is a series that highlights trending events, issues, and decisions in the world of sports and analyzes how they may or may not factor into the Fan Controlled Football League. We would love to hear your feedback, so let us know what you think about each FAN Take!

Game 3 of the NBA Finals will include an avenue for fans to engage NBA referees during the game, according to an ESPN article. “The discussion is being facilitated by the National Basketball Referees Association and will be done from its Twitter account, @OfficialNBARefs. The referees will take questions using the hashtag #RefWatchParty. There will be a team of referees answering the questions, but they will not be identified individually.” 

Sports need referees, there is no doubt about it. Unfortunately, sports fans more often than not disagree with the calls that those referees make during games. Most recently, this was demonstrated in Game 1 of the NBA Finals in a play between LeBron James and Kevin Durant that left us all google-searching the NBA rule book. After the dust settled, the call on the floor was changed, Kevin Durant found himself at the free throw line, and the Golden State Warriors were off to a 1-0 series lead in the Championship.

Some of us believe the call on the floor should have stood, some believe that the refs were correct to change the call, but most of us were just simply confused. So the NBA has decided to do something about it. As fans, we deserve to understand the calls made on the floor, and the reasons behind those calls, right? We are interested to see how this plays out, and if the NBA is able to create a meaningful and impactful discussion around controversial referee calls.

In the FCFL, transparency is obviously very important to us. We want to be sure that our fans do not feel cheated by the voting process, the referees, game rules, or anything in between. Could an open dialogue between fans in the FCFL and league referees be helpful? Is there a downside to opening up this line of communication? Perhaps, we will find out tonight in Game 3 between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors. Let us know what you think!

Power To The FANS!

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