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Bennett Salvatore (born January 9, 1950 in Stamford, Connecticut)[1] is a professional basketball referee in the National Basketball Association (NBA). As of the 2006–07 NBA season, Salvatore has officiated 1,385 regular season, 167 playoff, and 20 NBA Finals games.[2]


Early lifeEdit

Salvatore was a two sport athlete in high school, playing baseball and football.[1] He earned All-American and All-State honors as a quarterback in 1967.[1]


Salvatore was the principal owner of Bennett's, a steakhouse in Stamford, Connecticut.[3]

On October 8, 2010, Salvatore closed the doors on Bennett's, choosing to retire from his career as a restaurant owner.[4]

Income tax fraudEdit

In 2000, he was sentenced to a year of probation, 150 hours of community service and a fine of $500 for his role in airline ticket fraud. He pleaded guilty in a New Haven federal court on July 26, 2000 to filing a false tax return with the Internal Revenue Service for the tax year 1993.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "Bennett Salvatore #15". National Basketball Referees Association. 2006. Retrieved 2008-05-12.
  2. ^ Simmons, Bill. "". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-05-12.
  3. ^ When Steak Is What the Party Wants, March 31, 2006
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  5. ^ PLUS: PRO BASKETBALL; REF SENTENCED, October 17, 2000