Richard T. "Dick" Bavetta (born December 10, 1939) is an American professional basketball referee for the National Basketball Association (NBA). Since starting in 1975, he has never missed an assigned game. By the start of the 2006–07 NBA season, he had worked 2,164 regular season and 228 playoff games, including 24 NBA Finals games. He currently holds the league record for most officiated games. On December 29, 2011, he officiated his 2,500th consecutive game. He wears uniform number 27. As of December 15, 2012, he officiated 2563 games.
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