This seems like a topic worthy of discussion on this board, since the basketball knowledge seems really high here. I’ve been listening to a podcast called Whistleblower - a insanely eye-opening documentary on NBA basketball officials - (link is here).
Quick summary - lots of research done and real interviews of officials presenting a pretty strong case that the NBA fixed/fixes games for revenue. I know this is something I always joked about when I was younger (see 2002 NBA Western Conference Finals Game 6 - Lakers vs. Kings). But listening to the interviews on this podcast - unbelievable!
Anyway, it got me thinking about two questions:
- Might the ACC might have a few referees in their back pocket for games where they need to control branding (UNC and Duke)?
- Might UVA now be on the positive end of that branding?
Not to be a conspiracy theorist, but there have been games in the not-so distant past where UVA got the raw end of the deal. And taking off my orange and blue glasses, there are games where refs swallow their whistle when we’re on defense. I can attribute a lot of this to the great footwork our coaches teach, but I do believe there are games where our defensive reputation helps with friendly calls. Could there be league influence?
This blurb from the News & Observer might scare you:
While the idea of this camp is to further identify the next generation of potential ACC officials, there’s a literal next generation working the courts as well. Campers include Anthony Eades (son of Mike), Kyle Luckie (son of Jamie) and Nick Heater (son of Jerry). As it was for Kersey, this is a family business.
I once had a conversation with Jerry Heater and he was a self professed UNC fan and told me “I hate UVA” upon hearing I was an alum.
Deep thoughts on a Friday…