Phil Jackson has complained about bogus calls during a playoff game, with the Lakers in danger of eliminating the Magic. I am reminded of Albert Jay Nock's comment vis a vis certain officials that, if you're running a brothel, you can't outlaw the main act although you can prevent the customers from being burglarized while in the act. The basketball officials work for an institution that profits much from continuing the series and maintaining the suspenses. Their calls, their future must depend without ever being stated overtly on maintaining and augmenting the system.

So many systems are like that. I can't help but look at the heavy southern financial official's testimony before Congress as to the good intentions and well meanings of the bike rider and the scholar in telling him that he would be fired unless he moved forward in the same context. This is not to say that what they did was or was not for the greater good of the system itself.

I admit I don't know anything about basketball or the logistics and liabilities of regulation and testimony before Congress and how it fits with emails that might be extant and I am subject to correction here especially about the previous games between Cincinnati and LA and how the calls were reflected. But I know something about the way disputes about being taken advantage of by members of exchanges are handled. They are usually settled by arbitration by members of the exchanges themselves. In the case of one exchange, however, they have added one level of indirection in having arbitrators appointed by the exchange vet the issues. I have found these arbitrators, without being ageist, all over the age of 90 and chosen and emollified based on how closely they rule in the members favor — or else, bye bye old prof.

The chances of getting a good call from the members against their colleagues is about the same as the chances that Phil Jackson complained about, although it cost him only $25,000 to say it.





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