Tuesday, August 19, 2014

39-Year NBA Veteran Referee Dick Bavetta Retires

Veteran NBA referee Dick Bavetta will retire from basketball after 39 years of service in the sport's top domestic league. The 74-year-old Bavetta concludes his career, which began on December 2, 1975, with 2,635 consecutive regular season games, never having missed an officiating assignment since joining the NBA staff.

His career includes 270 playoff games, including 27 NBA Finals games, three All-Star Games and the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. Bavetta previously officiated in the CBA's Eastern League, Rucker League, FIBA and Jersey Shore Basketball League following his start at the high school level in New York.

Bavetta surpassed Cal Ripken, Jr.'s 'Iron Man' streak of 2,632 consecutive game appearances on April 2, 2014.

News: Referee Dick Bavetta retiring after record 2,635 straight games (NBA Press Release)


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