Dick Bavetta

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Dick Bavetta was born December 10, 1939 and is currently a referee in the NBA.  He has never missed an assigned game in 32 seasons of action.  He has worked 2,200+ regular season games, 230+ play-off games and 24 NBA Finals games.  He currently holds the record for most games officiated and most foot races against overweight, out-of-shape, Hall of Fame forwards.  Despite dying 3 years ago, Bavetta continues to officiate games, which is a testament to his durability.

BONUS: Video of Bavetta challenging Charles Barkley in a foot race.

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Old people shouldn’t be referees | NBA Referees
April 2, 2009 at 7:17 pm
Bavetta dares McGrady to play | NBA Referees
April 25, 2009 at 7:05 pm
Referee assignments - Arpil 26, 2009 | NBA Referees
April 26, 2009 at 7:20 pm
Referee Assignments for April 29 | NBA Referees
April 29, 2009 at 8:35 am
NBA Referee Assignments for May 5 | NBA Referees
May 5, 2009 at 10:08 am
NBA Referee Assignments for May 14 | NBA Referees
May 14, 2009 at 8:18 am
Bavetta Considering Retirement
November 9, 2009 at 8:07 pm
NBA Referee Assignments for November 22
November 23, 2009 at 2:25 pm
2010 Hall of Fame Nominees
December 1, 2009 at 8:33 pm
NBA Referee Assignments for December 3
December 3, 2009 at 10:00 am
NBA Referee Assignments for December 7
December 7, 2009 at 4:03 pm
NBA Referee Assignments for December 15
December 15, 2009 at 9:34 am
NBA Referee Assignments for December 19
December 19, 2009 at 8:46 pm
NBA Referee Assignments for December 30
December 30, 2009 at 9:12 am
NBA Referee Assignments for January 8
January 8, 2010 at 11:27 am
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January 20, 2010 at 10:22 am
NBA Referee Assignments for February 3
February 3, 2010 at 3:53 pm
NBA Referee Assignments for February 10
February 10, 2010 at 10:40 am
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February 17, 2010 at 4:25 pm
NBA Referee Assignments for February 24
February 24, 2010 at 4:18 pm
NBA Referee Assignments for March 7
March 7, 2010 at 10:07 am
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March 12, 2010 at 9:55 am
NBA Referee Assignments for April 8
April 8, 2010 at 8:17 am
NBA Referee Assignments for April 25
April 25, 2010 at 8:40 am
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Justin Marrero October 25, 2011 at 10:13 pm

My name is Justin Marrero. I am the Son of linette Stanchich. My mom use to tell me stories about how she loved spending time with you. For her 10th birthday, Patrick Ewing gave her 5 dollars in a card, She was so happy and greatful. Richard \”Dick\” Bavetta if you can please contact my mother because she really misses you. I\’m trying to suprise her because she always told me how much of a great man you are and how close you were to my grandfather.

Sincerly, Justin Marrero

P.S. Her job # Is 7185220300 & cell is 3476833842 Thank you Mr. Bavetta !

jesse Ayotte November 26, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Dick,

I’m an JUCO basketball official that lives in the Ocala, FL area. I’d love to pick your brain a bit if I could….

Aileen Aidnik February 1, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Article ends by stating ” despite dying 3 years ago, Bavetta continues to officiate games, which is a testament to his durability”!!! Yeah, it certainly WOULD be!! Don’t know anyone who could officiate 3 years after they were dead!!! Hello!! Does anyone proofread this stuff before posting it.?

MARTY March 24, 2013 at 5:33 pm

DICK BAVETTA,
I WORKED FOR TWA.
LOST YOUR CONTACT NUMBER
PLEASE E MAIL ME.
THANK YOU,
MARTY

Dr Anthony Boyce Canada April 5, 2013 at 12:34 pm

I met Mr Bavetta in Memphis, Tn about 10 years ago. He was very nice person. I told him that I was a season ticket holder for the Grizzlies and he asked me where was by seats. I told him where we sat, (not thinking to about it) Mr Bavetta called me to the floor under the basket and gave me a signed trading card of him! That inspired me to begin officiating basketball and I have become quite good am told… Thanks Mr Bavetta for the inspiration!!!!

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