NBA Hating or Legitimate Critiques?


When the NBA announcers from TNT and ESPN say they could not tell who committed the foul or who touched the ball last as it went out of bounds because of the camera angle, are they indirectly saying their camera professionals are not doing a good job? If not, what are they saying about those who focus on capturing interesting and entertaining video through those various lens for a living?


Where did this mentality come from that the officials are going to let them play during the last 1-2 minutes of an NBA game, especially during the playoffs? And really, what does that mean, ‘let them play?’ Does it mean that 80% fewer fouls will be called during the last 100 seconds? Does it mean, for the most part, when the referee blows his/her whistle during this time, it’s typically for another violation besides a foul? Does it mean the foul has to be a flagrant I or II or something quite obvious for the officials to make the call?

The referees seem to have too much power during the crucial parts of the game. If your team is facing LeBron James in a tight game and he goes to the basket, why wouldn’t one or two or three defensive players commit fouls on him during the close of a game? Yes, the foul may be called, however, the chances are it won’t be called and that physical beating he takes getting to the rim may impede his shot.

One more comment on this, if this phenomenon is typical for big NBA game, what about the 5 minute overtime? Do the officials call the first 3 minutes of OT different than the last 2? Are there any conversations of that sort between officials and their bosses?

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When the ESPN announcers make favorable comments about a call made by the officials, how often are they being genuine and how often are they just doing a white lie? How do we know if their opinion of the refereeing is complete with integrity or not?

What about announcers and journalists when it comes to critiquing and criticizing players? If your critique is not always positive and yet you sometimes need access to said player, will that relationship impact what you say or write about that player moving forward?


So I want to watch game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Atlanta Hawks and Cleveland Cavaliers. The game is on TNT, times slotted from 7:30 until 10 pm. Going out to eat that night to celebrate my wife’s birthday and knowing I’ll be home around 10ish and watch the recorded game. I click record during that 150 minute show, knowing that time amount will enable me to see the entire game. Was I too unrealistic?

Interesting game, the Cavaliers were dominating early on although minutes later, the Hawks were giving Cleveland all they could handle. It just appeared that Cleveland was unable to put Atlanta away. With 3 minutes remaining in regulation my recording ended. I could not believe it – I used 150 minutes of recording and it only captured 45 minutes of play. Simple math may tell you that for every minute of play (including free throw stoppage time) two additional minutes ticked away. I guess not an efficient use of time.

Needless to say, I missed the last two minutes although luck was on my side as the game went into OT so I got to see the last 5 minutes of OT instead of the last 3 minutes of the game.

It’s interesting the NBA announcers have never mentioned the games today are at least 5-15 minutes longer than a few years ago. How many commercials can they cram into a 48 minute game? Soccer may take 2 hours of actual time, however, only 20-25 minutes of commercials. Thinking about the NBA broadcasts, especially during the playoffs, I wonder if there are the same amount of commercials between broadcasts done by ESPN vis a vis TNT?

I’m a slower learner — it’s quite typical these days for NFL football games and NBA basketball scheduled to go longer than usual. I’d recommend one of two things: One, capture the entire video from that game when I click the program (in other words, the technology is smart enough to know what to do. I don’t just care about the first 46 minutes and not the final few minutes). Actually, some skeptics say you only have to watch the last 2 minutes of an NBA game. Two, AT&T, to gain a competitive edge, could develop an option during the recording of all sports’ games where UVerse by AT&T automatically records an extra 30-60 minutes – for those forgetful or absentminded fans who don’t always remember. Of course, it’s not foolproof if you’re watching hockey and there’s 3 overtimes. That’s an exception rather than a rule. For the most part, It would be nice to have any easy option to capture the entire NFL, NBA or MLS game for one’s enjoyment to be viewed later, knowing you’ll be able to see which team is determined the victor.

How about it AT&T?


Kevin Schwarm

I have over 25 years of professional experience in business, information technology (IT), and customer service. Industry experience in retail, medical insurance, higher education, non-profit, financial services, and property and casualty insurance. Customer focused professional interested in providing value (save time, money and aggravation) by evaluating and analyzing information, services and products with a unique perspective.

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