The NBA Refs are in negotiations with the NBA. They are 57 strong. They've already coughed up 2.5 MILLION in concessions which begs the questions "JFC, how much damn money do these blind guys make?" I don't know and the article doesn't say: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090918/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_referees_lockout But the writing is on the wall. This must be their full time job and they must be pulling 6 figures. And not even for a years work. You could get 570 guys who'd ref roundball reasonably well for a lot less. Here's a clue for you. If there is a long line of people behind you ready to do your job for less and nearly as good, don't think you have a strong position from which you can issue demands. Duh.