NBA referees look at an endless row of themselves on monitors (GIF)

Jan 4, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; NBA referee Josh Tiven (58) talks with referee Dick Bavetta (27) during a timeout during the second quarter of the game between the Orlando Magic and the Miami Heat at the Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA has one of the more primitive replay systems in professional sports, second to only the NFL who have their officials still retreat far away from the field under a giant tent to look at something they can look at on a giant screen hanging at the ends of the field. But one of the great things about the NBA replay reviews is that we can see the officials and what the officials are looking at.

The only downside is they look at the camera feeds that are being show on television, meaning when they’re looking at the monitors and we can see them, the referees are just looking at a monitor of themselves looking at themselves and so on.


It’s just like Fight Club, where everything is a copy of a copy of a copy, only it’s row upon row of NBA referee.

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