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NBA's Adam Silver Discusses Age Requirements, Officiating Transparency
Published February 28, 2014
PULLING BACK THE CURTAIN: ESPN's Mike Golic asked, "What's the crisis issue facing the NBA?" Silver said, "There's no crisis. Sleeve jerseys." Golic replied, "But they're selling well!" Laughing, Silver said, "They're selling very well, thank you very much." Silver did note "transparency with the officials" is an issue that needs to be addressed. Silver: "There's a greater expectation of transparency in all business, so it's something (Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban) and I have talked a lot about. We recently made a decision that our standing committee of owners, led by (T'Wolves Owner Glen Taylor), would play a more active role in overseeing our officiating program so that teams had a better understanding of how officials are recruited, how they're trained, how they're judged. … We're trying to be more transparent with our teams." Silver noted that "if we can't persuade our teams and our owners that our officiating program is fully transparent and everyone can understand it, certainly there's no way our fans are going to understand it or the media will." But he added it is a "cumbersome process" ("Mike & Mike," ESPN Radio, 2/28).