Originally posted by min
today's Lakers vs Wolves game is proof that whoever invents a way to replace referees will be a millionaire...
Simply...have a room upstairs with 5 or 6 guys watching the game from every angle possible. They push a button if there is a foul. There is one ref still on the court. He is equipped with (a) a whistle sounding machine and (b) an electronic pad on his wrist. When 2 of the 5 guys upstairs push the button for a foul, it automatically blows the whistle on teh ref on the court. The guys upstairs indicate the player #, whether or not the shot counts, whose ball it is (if it is out of bounds, etc.), whether it was a three pointer or two pointer, etc, etc.. This information is relayed to the ref on the court's wireless pad on his wrist.
This helps in a couple of areas. First, you don't have that switching referee position as you go from one end of the court to another, which causes so much discrepencacy in how a game is called. Second, the "ref" is more likely to get a call right. Third, less technicals, although these can still be given - by the ref on the floor and by the guys upstairs if necessary. Fourth, use of instantaneous instan replay where possible. Obviously, waiting for a call is a no-no, and wouldn't happen here either. But in those instances when someone is fouled, throws up a shot, which is then blocked but it's really goaltending, or something similar where the ref has a second or two do to game stoppage, a more accurate call could be made off replay. Numerous other advantages.