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The officials are official: referees union ratifies new seven-year deal with NBA


It’s not just the players and owners who are going to see a little extra cash as the new television deal money starts to flood the system, the referees are as well.

The NBA and the union representing the referees had reached a tentative deal in the last few days, and now that agreement has been ratified (hat tip to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports).

Young NBA officials made less than some of the longer-tenured college referees under the previous contract, but the new deal reportedly has “substantial” raises for referees and the officials who staff the league’s replay center in Secaucus, N.J.

This is a win-win. As much as NBA officials are maligned by fans, they do impressive work at a very difficult job. Yes, we all want more transparency and training, but that is true of just about every gig around the league. There is not some better group you could plug-in as NBA officials, they are the best at their jobs.

For the NBA, this is one union dealt with and a deal in place. Now we can look ahead to 2017, when the owners and players can opt out of that CBA.