No Harm, No Foul — Is The Error Prejudicial Or Harmless?

Law360, New York (March 29, 2013, 12:01 PM EDT) -- The late Chick Hearn was a legendary sportscaster who covered Los Angeles Lakers basketball games for many years. He is credited with coining many expressions, such as “slam dunk” and “air ball.” One expression that some people have attributed to him is “no harm, no foul.”

That statement means that — unless a basketball player has been hurt by contact initiated by another player or that other player has gained an advantage by that contact — the referee should not call a foul on the play....
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