New replay center reduces review times

The new replay center helped reduce the time referees spent reviewing calls by approximately 50 percent, the NBA announced Friday after the first regular season with the facility in Secaucus, N.J., outfitted with 94 monitors sending images from all 29 arenas.

Among the statistics from the league:

  • The average review time was 42.1 seconds.
  • Of the 1,596 replays upheld or overturned, 80.8 percent were upheld and 19.2 percent were overturned.
  • There were an average of 1.76 reviews per game.
  • The most-common reasons to use the Replay Center were to determine whether a shot was for two points or three (623 times) and whether a shot was released before the end of a quarter (482).

Reducing the time spent on reviews was one of the primary factors in opening the Replay Center. While referees at the games still made the decisions, having league executives with experience as officials allowed the people manning the Secaucus facility to anticipate the reviews the referees would want to see.

Also Friday, the NBA announced it will include which referees made which calls as part of the play-by-play, effective immediately.



  1. harriethehawk says:

    I think the new way adds on even more time. I hate when they review the tape. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  2. ????? says:

    Now, taking away the times to review the shots at the end of quarters (because they don’t cut into game time anyway, and most of the time they’re pretty clear in real time, so the review is just a precaution) I wonder how much it really did. For replays that aren’t an easy call, and even for some that seem like easy calls, they still seem to take a long time on occasion.