Report: NBA to revamp replay system

  • Andy Flint


The NBA’s system of using replay to overturn on the court calls, during games, has caught a lot of heat since being implemented, and generally leaves fans salty one way or another. You can easily pick out officials huddled around a screen, sporting headphones, and looking just as confused as they were in real-time.

This system is reportedly under construction so to speak, as the league is going for a speedier, and more structured approach, starting next season.

This report from Deadspin:

According to Winderman, the NBA has finalized plans for a centralized replay system, with all reviews as of next season being conducted from a single location, presumably by officials at the association’s New York office. That would bring the NBA in line with the systems currently in use by the NHL and MLB, and realize one of Adam Silver’s stated initiatives in his first year as commissioner.

“An off-site review would potentially speed up the process,” Silver said during last year’s finals, and at this past all-star break, again hammered home the idea that centralized replay is largely about making reviews faster.

In layman’s terms.. the NBA is seeking to have one person, not located on the court, or even at the game, watch replay and make quicker, and what we hope are more accurate decisions on calls. Perhaps part of this decision stems from taking it out of the hands of on-site officials, who may or may not be wrapped up in the moment of a close game.

“Now, as you know, the game stops, the referees walk courtside, turn the monitor around, talk to the truck, order up the replays. Said Adam Silver And I think that it’s our belief if we can get it right, that if have you officials, in essence, located at headquarters, at a central site, that that process can begin immediately, they then can communicate with the officials and that will save time.”

Speed seems to be the major motivation here, and perhaps it works. It can, at least, take a bit of heat off the officials each game.

“My sense is where we’ll probably end up is giving the officials some more discretion of what they can look at when they’re over there,” said Rod Thorn. “Everybody can see something that looks like a foul but the official, because he was restricted from applying his judgment.”

Progress forward is the key here. Adam Silver appears to be ready to make as many groundbreaking moves for the association, as his predecessor, David Stern, has. The NBA looks to be in good hands.


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