It's been difficult getting into NCAA Basketball's “March Madness” because “non-officiating” drives me crazy. What had been the relaxing of certain rules over the years is now a full-blown free pass for players to travel, double dribble and palm the ball at will. Apparently, the basketball rulebook is considered more of a set of general suggestions, not to be taken literally, so the flow of the game isn't interrupted.
In any sport, officiating is made in real time (if you don't include video replay) so there is an acceptance of human error and subjectivity. I'm fine with a mixture of mostly good calls with a smattering of bad calls in a game. What is hard to accept is – no calls. Like one of Pavlov's dogs, every time I see a flagrant rule violation, I begin to salivate – waiting for the whistle that never blows. Back in the last millennium, when traveling or “walking” was still an infraction in basketball, the call would often be disputed. Did he drag his pivot foot or not? Now, we can watch players have alternating pivot feet, do the moonwalk and then palm the ball while they resume their dribble.