"The NBA's most recent contract with its 60-plus referees expired Sept. 1 and Tuesday's bargaining session in New York was called to an abrupt halt by commissioner David Stern ..." "No further talks are scheduled ... with only 22 days before the league's first scheduled exhibition game Oct. 1. The likelihood that replacement refs will be needed ... has "increased dramatically," "... it appears more likely that the league will have to begin lining up replacement referees for the first time since the 1995-96 season, when refs were locked out for more than two months ..." Folks, if you don't remember the 1995 season you can't possibly imagine what an utter disaster it was. Think summer league game referees and chaos. The games were so bad I didn't want to go to them. The NBA would have been better off shutting down until they settled with the referees. Here's Dwight Jaynes take on replacement refs (from Aug 26): "But just wait until you see the replacement referees. They’re worse than college referees, if that’s possible. We’ve gone down that road in the past, the last time in 1995 and it was a complete joke."