Fall 2021 SS Magazine

NEW PODCAST: Patrick Fraher - NBA Referee

THIS IS EPISODE 513 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST

Patrick Fraher has been an NBA referee since 2001. He has officiated more than 1,100 regular-season games and more than 50 playoff games in his 19 NBA seasons. In 2015, he officiated the NBA All-Star Game in New York City.

Prior to joining the NBA, Fraher officiated for seven years in the Chinese Basketball Association, where he worked the finals and All-Star Game, and he also spent four years in the WNBA.

Fraher attended the University of Minnesota, where he was awarded the Evans Scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.

On this episode of the podcast, we talk to Fraher about being scheduled to referee the Utah-Oklahoma City game in March that was suspended and led to the postponement of the NBA season. We also hear how he became an NBA referee, his favorite Michael Jordan story, and his incredible story of coming to faith in Christ at age 43.

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