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Quality Of Play During Shortened NBA Season Continues To Be An Issue Among The Media
Published February 8, 2012
NEED A REPLAY: The NBA acknowledged that official Scott Foster made an incorrect goaltending call during the fourth quarter of the Thunder-Trail Blazers game Monday that cost the Blazers two points on the way to an OT loss. The call currently cannot be reviewed during the game, and in Portland, John Canzano writes the Blazers got what "amounts to an apology from the league office." However, what everyone "deserved was a league that is willing to stop the action, take a look at a replay, and make sure that the outcome is what [it] should be." Canzano: "I'm hopeful that what we have today is a league that knows it needs to join the modern sports world." Meanwhile, Canzano writes the NBA has a "credibility problem anyway when it comes to game officiating." The Tim Donaghy gambling scandal "hasn't gone away," and Stern "hasn't done enough to restore the confidence of consumers in his product." Canzano asks, "So if there's a league that should be interested in casting light in dark places and ensuring that the games are called fairly, shouldn't it be the NBA?" (Portland OREGONIAN, 2/8).