Originally Posted by Hoofbite
Baseball has been just about the only sport that isn't "tainted" by officiating for a while.
Now, they have a huge steroid problem and always will because the cheaters are ahead of the game at every step of the way.
But as far as officiating goes, there are more judgement calls in a single baseball game then there are in any other sport.
Every pitch is a judgement call, every close play at first and every close play at any base.
But, for the most part I think the baseball officials get the calls rights. Now, maybe it's because baseball leaves little room for doubt. There is no joint possession rule and there isn't a lot of the BS that there is in the NFL regarding subjectivity.
Baseball has it's rules and they change very little. By nature, they really can't change all that much.
[View Full Quote]Every year the NFL institutes about a half dozen new rules and the rulebook has become so cumbersome and convoluted that on any given day, you're likely to get opposite rulings on similar plays. Also, the breadth of the rulebook often times over rules common sense. I guess in the flimsiest of stances you could say there was joint possession last night in the Packers game but any person with a set of eyes and understanding of the game would flat out agree that the Packer intercepted that ball. This isn't basketball where merely touching the ball is enough to cause a "Jump Ball" and thus award possession to the receiver.
Baseball is likely at the top in terms of on-field performance although they have less to take into consideration than football or basketball does.
Actually baseball is the easiest to officiate and I disagree on it having more judgment calls.
It has more VISIBLE calls, but there are far more decisions to make in basketball. Football is close too.
Success in officiating basketball is more on what is not called. You have thousands of "calls" to make in a basketball game...it is that 95% of them don't have a whistle.