A game of regulation basketball has two officials.
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As with officials in any game their purpose it to make sure the rules of the game are understood and followed by the players.
Yes, a typical organized game of basketball has 2 or 3 officials, or more commonly referred to as referees. They call fouls or violations on players and administer the game.
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Basketball officials are called referees. In the NBA there are three referees assigned to each game. One referee is referred to as the Lead or Head Referee.
The NBA was founded in 1946. Then the American Basketball Association was founded in 1967 and changed some rules of the game and officials were added.