Bob Delaney (basketball)

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Bob Delaney
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Born (1951-11-01) November 1, 1951 (age 69)
EducationSaint Mary's College of California (Master of Arts, 2010) New Jersey City University (Bachelor's degree, 1973)
OccupationNBA referee
Retired New Jersey State Police state trooper

Robert J. Delaney (born November 1, 1951) is a former undercover New Jersey state trooper and professional basketball referee in the National Basketball Association (NBA) who officiated from the 1987-88 NBA season up until the 2010-11 NBA season. Beginning the 2006-07 NBA season, Delaney had officiated in 1,182 regular season games, 120 playoff games, and seven NBA Finals games. In addition, Delaney was assigned to the 1998 NBA All-Star Game. He wore the uniform number 26.

Delaney is a 1985 graduate of New Jersey City University with a Bachelor of Science degree in criminology. He is a 2006 inductee[1] into NJCU's Athletics Hall of Fame.[2] After finishing college, Delaney joined the New Jersey State Police. During the mid-1970s, Delaney worked as an undercover officer as part of an operation known as "Project Alpha".

While serving as a police officer, Delaney was also a high school basketball referee in New Jersey from 1972 to 1982 and later officiated in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) for four years before being selected by scouts to officiate in the NBA, beginning in 1987.

In the early 1980s, Delaney retired as a law enforcement officer and devoted full-time to becoming a basketball referee. In 2008, Delaney wrote about his undercover experience in Covert: My Years Infiltrating the Mob, with co-author Dave Scheiber. He completed a Master of Arts degree in leadership from Saint Mary's College of California.

In August 2018, Delaney was given the newly created position of Special Advisor for Officiating Development and Performance by the Southeastern Conference. He will serve as a consultant to the officiating coordinators in each of the college conference's sports, as well as assist the men's and women's coordinators of basketball officials with training, development, and evaluation.[3]

On January 22, 2020, Delaney received the Theodore Roosevelt Award, the highest honor accorded by the NCAA.[4]


  1. ^ "New Jersey City University - Hall of Fame". Retrieved 2011-10-10.
  2. ^ "New Jersey City University - Four To Be Inducted In Njcu Athletics Hall Of Fame". Retrieved 2011-10-10.
  3. ^ "Bob Delaney named Special Advisor". Southeastern Conference. August 4, 2018. Retrieved September 26, 2018.
  4. ^ de Haan, Gina (December 17, 2019). "2020 Theodore Roosevelt Award: Bob Delaney". Retrieved January 23, 2020.

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