Bill Kennedy

An elite NBA referee, Bill Kennedy has worked in the NBA since 1999.

Bill Kennedy’s key accomplishments include:

Kennedy has been an NBA referee since 1999, where he’s officiated more than 50 playoff games including five NBA Finals. He worked his first NBA All-Star Game in 2012. Kennedy is a volunteer and lifetime member with the Boys & Girls Club of Phoenix, his hometown.

More about Bill Kennedy:

  • He officiated at the 2012 London Olympics, working the Bronze Medal Game between Russia and Argentina. The game ended with a controversial non-call that was later confirmed correct by the Olympic Committee.
  • Kennedy officiating high school basketball in Arizona for 15 years before rising into the CBA and then the NBA.
  • Kennedy got his first taste of officiating basketball at the Miller Boys Club in Phoenix – at the age of 12.
  • Former chair of the National Association of Sports Officials board of directors.
Bill Kennedy appeared in a feature article in the June 2013 issue of Referee Magazine.

What people have said about Bill Kennedy:

“My appreciate of him as a person and as an educator grew each time I was around him. He was extremely generous with his time and the individual attention he gave to official was very special. It is not surprising to see him officiating at the highest levels of the NBA as his thoroughness of breaking down all aspects of the officiating process is exceptional. His insight into officiating is something officials of all levels could benefit from. As an educator, you can surely say he has a Ph.D. in officiating.”

— Becky Marshall

Former Big 12 coordinator


“He has a tremendous passion for officiating. It’s always been his number-one priority, actually, in his life. He watches games every chance he gets. He is the ultimate professional in his approach to the game.”

— Mark Ayotte

NBA Official


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