I'm going to put these in order, and rate them on a scale of 1-10, on how hard Chris Berman would find them to pronounce/likelihood he'd know what they mean (1=easy/maybe, 10=impossible/no idea what they mean).
pacey - moving "with pace", or speedy, quick. Ranking: 1
miserly: stingy (as in, "the defense has been downright miserly of late") Ranking: 2
howler: laughably bad. Can be a mistake by a player, but more often than not, a missed call by an offical. Ranking: 2
niggly: an adjective to suggest an overly officiated game--"niggly calls" would refer to a foul called over a very minor contact. Ranking: 3, but fear of mispronunciation gives it a bonus of +4
fractious--unruly, or a game about to get about of control. Berman wants to know if he can work in a pun involving denominators. Ranking: 6
remonstrate--to plead against a call in obvious fashion. See: Maradona. Ranking: 7
paucity: a lack; a small number. Ranking: 8, or "Whuh?"
obdurate: stubborn; resistant--like a tough defense, say. Ranking: 10.