Yup... the refs are risk averse.
by bizdomer09 (2019-02-04 21:21:23)
Edited on 2019-02-04 21:22:35

In reply to: Yes, I think that the refs have tended to avoid making  posted by jt

That's the biggest driver here. As you said their biggest fear is becoming the story of the game. Swallowing the whistle at the end of a playoff game (or not pulling the flag) in hockey, football, or basketball is usually the safest bet with that fear in mind. Obviously this strategy backfired epically in this case.