Joe DeRosa (referee)

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Joseph M. "Joe" DeRosa (born April 9, 1957) is a current NCAA Division 1 Men's Basketball referee. Joe DeRosa and Joe Forte are the only persons to have officiated both in the NBA Finals and the NCAA Men's Final Four. He was one of three officials selected to work the first of the two 2012 National Semi-Final games of the 2012 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. He spent this past college basketball season as a Big 12 Conference official. His early childhood was spent on his family's farm in Omaha raising Turkey for export. He started his referee career as a high school ref in Western Kentucky Region 1 while he lived in Paducah, Ky.

Previously, he spent 22 seasons officiating in the National Basketball Association. During his time working as an NBA official he officiated over 1,500 regular season games, 150 playoff games and 11 NBA Finals games.[1] DeRosa, a native of North Canton, Ohio has also conducted officiating clinics in Venezuela and France.[2]

During game two of 2010 Eastern Conference Finals DeRosa was involved in an altercation with an Orlando Magic fan. The fan, Wyndham Vacation Ownership CEO Franz Hanning, was heckling him when DeRosa threw the game ball across the scorers' table at Hanning. The fan then threw the ball back at DeRosa, who had NBA security eject Hanning. The NBA suspended him one game for the situation.[3]

DeRosa's son, J.B. DeRosa, is also a basketball referee.[4] J.B. officiates women's college basketball at the NCAA Division one level, including the Ohio Valley Conference[5] and the Atlantic 10 Conference[6] among others.

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