Jack Nies

Jack Nies (pronounced niece) (born November 11, 1937) is a retired National Basketball Association (NBA) referee. Wearing #35 throughout his 31-year career, only Dick Bavetta and Joey Crawford have had more years of NBA officiating experience than Nies.[1] Nies officiated 2,046 regular-season games throughout his career, making him the sixth referee to do so. In addition, Nies oversaw 150 playoff games, 10 NBA Finals games, two NBA All-Star Games (1996 and 2005), and the 1987 Legends Classic.[1] Internationally, he was part of the referee crew that oversaw the 1994 Mexico Challenge and the 1997 McDonald's Championship; 2007 Istanbul, Turkey; Malaga and Madrid Spain—NBA Preseason Games

Jack Nies
Born (1937-11-11) November 11, 1937 (age 82)
Jersey City, New Jersey, United States
EducationUniversity of Saint Mary (Kansas)
Spouse(s)Kimberly D. Nies
ChildrenEric Nies
John Nies
Kim A. Nies
Tara Nies Kolesar
Parent(s)Mary Balas Nies and John J. Nies
Basketball career
PositionNBA referee
Officiating career1978–2009

Nies retired from the NBA following the 2008–09 season.[1]


Nies graduated from St. Peter's Preparatory School.[2] He led the school to a state championship in 1955, and was awarded an All-State selection. Nies then played basketball for University of Saint Mary in Kansas before graduating in 1961 with a degree in Psychology and Philosophy.

Nies then moved back to New Jersey, and lived in Ocean Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey.[2] He started refereeing high school basketball games while working as a special education teacher in the local school district. He then officiated Eastern League games from 1971 until 1978, when he was hired by the NBA. Then-New York Knicks coach Red Holzman helped by giving the league a letter of recommendation, having been impressed by his refereeing in a game he had seen in 1970.[2]

On April 15, 2008, Nies refereed his 2,000th NBA game as his home state New Jersey Nets overcame a 20-point deficit against the Charlotte Bobcats 112–108.[3] On April 13, 2009, he officiated his last NBA game as the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder.[4]

NBA Finals games workedEdit

1997 NBA Finals 1997 Finals, Game 3 1998 NBA Finals 1998 Finals, Game 4


  1. ^ a b c "Officials call end to long careers". Boston Globe. Associated Press. 2009-06-09. Retrieved 2009-06-15.
  2. ^ a b c D'Alessandro, Dave. "This ref is doubly grand", The Star-Ledger, April 15, 2008. Accessed November 2, 2016. "'That's a big number,' said Nies, a Jersey City native and St. Peter's Prep graduate.... And because he lived just down the street in Ocean Township, he was good enough that Holzman invited him back the next night, and the next, and the next."
  3. ^ NBRA (2008-04-16). "Veteran Referee Jack Nies Officiates 2,000th NBA Game" (PDF). NBRA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-05-07. Retrieved 2009-06-15.
  4. ^ Bruce Ely (2009-04-14). "Goodbye". Sidelines. Archived from the original on 2009-05-31. Retrieved 2009-06-15.

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