Posted April 3, 2014 by Luis Mercado in Sports

74 Year-Old NBA Referee Sets All Time Record

At 74, years-old most of us just think about retiring, moving to Florida, and enjoying some cocktails on the beach.

For Dick Bavetta, that is not yet an option.

That is because in front of his home town last night (April 2), with the matchup against the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets the referee has appeared to work 2,633 straight times without missing a day. In other words he hasn’t missed a day of work in 39 years.

Speaking to ESPN New York’s Ohm Youngmisuk, he spoke on the incredible achievement.

“And it doesn’t end here as they say. After tonight there is another game. That is what we (do). I am just blessed that the ironman streak has been broken here (at Madison Square Garden), I couldn’t ask for something any better.”

Most of us try to play hooky every few months to clear our mind. This guy hasn’t missed a day in almost 40 years. Can you imagine?>

“You have to be an independent individual. And most importantly you have to have a family that is supportive of you, a wife that understands that you are going to miss a birthday here or there and daughters that understand that a prom may be missed or something like that. The NBA will try to work around that for you but that is part of what we do and it is an accepted fact and we accept that gladly.”