Referee Bavetta retires after 39 years
August 19, 2014
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) - NBA referee Dick Bavetta is retiring after a 39-year career in which he never missed an assignment.
Bavetta officiated a record 2,635 consecutive regular-season games after starting his NBA career on Dec. 2, 1975. He also worked 270 playoff games, including 27 in the NBA Finals.
NBA president Rod Thorn says Tuesday in a statement that the league is ''grateful for his contributions to our league, and we wish him the best as he enjoys his well-earned retirement.''
Bavetta, 74, also worked the 1992 Olympics, the first involving NBA players, and has officiated in leagues in New York and New Jersey. He is most proud of his streak, which last season surpassed even the 2,632 consecutive games played by baseball ironman Cal Ripken Jr.
Bavetta says, ''It really has been a great run.''
Copyright 2017 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written
consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
8-2 L10, 21-9 Run, +2,189 G-Plays
15-4 L19, 19-5 L24, 36-10 Streak
15-3 L18 Picks, 13-3 L16 G-Plays
+1,392 Net Profits This Year
6-2 Last 8 NBA Guarantees
5-0 G-Play Run, 8-3 L11 Picks
5-2 Last 7 Picks, +1,001 TY
6-2 Last 8 NBA Selections
3-1 L4 G-Plays, +1,177 Picks TY
4-0 L4 G-Plays, 6-1 L7 Picks
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10%
off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20%
off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000
Member Plays each month!