In an effort to take some of the pressure off of referees, the NBA will be implementing a centralized video replay center in the coming season. The new tactic is also expected to speed up games since referees will not be the only ones reviewing each play.
“What we’re in the process of doing is we’re going to create a central location where we’ll have people there who will be watching every game,” NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn told ESPN. “When the referees go over to the side, in many instances the [central replay center] will already know what happened and they’ll be able to tell the referee, which will hopefully take less time.”
Centralized video replay is one of the changes that new commissioner Adam Silver in making in the NBA.
“It’s still a work in progress for exactly how it’s [going to work],” Thorn said. “On the line calls, like whether it’s a 3-pointer or 2-pointer, or in many occasions they’ll be able to tell the referee the ball was definitely [out of bounds], whatever team. That should help.”
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