October 22, 2017

PBA referees may be 'wired' next season

The days of indiscriminate throwing of invectives at referees by players and team officials during PBA games will soon be over.

PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa said aside from the whistle he will arm his referees with lapel microphone this coming 43rd Season which opens on December 17.

'Makakatulong nang malaki ang lapel para mamonitor kung talagang minura ng player o coach ang isang referee dahil hindi nagustuhan ang tawag" said Narvasa.

Lapel is a very small microphone -the size of a grain of peanuts --- being used by modern-day newscasters or presenters and hosts all over the world.

It is very sensitive and could pick up natural sounds and conversations audibly clear from a striking distance.

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If approved by the PBA board, this could probably be the first time in the history of the PBA that lapel would be used by basketball referees.

PBA deputy commissioner Rickie Santos said they have already started window shopping for the purported gadget to be used by their referees .

"Meron na kaming tiningnang lapel, pero hindi pa kami nagdi-decide kong bibilhin na ng PBA", said Santos. (ZP)