Replay Center to determine some review outcomes

HANG TIME NEW JERSEY — NBA replay is getting another makeover.

Looking to cut down on the amount of time dedicated to replay reviews, the league is putting officials in the Replay Center in Secaucus, and those officials will have the authority to make determinations on certain replays during the course of games.

Here’s a portion of the official release, which was sent out Wednesday afternoon and includes a full list of what replay situations will be reviewed in Secaucus…

All replay reviews will continue to be triggered by the referees on the court. Once triggered, though, the final determination of certain reviews will be made by the referees in the Replay Center and then communicated back to the oncourt crew chief for administration of the call.

“Many instances in our 15 instant-replay triggers are very straightforward and do not need the involvement of the oncourt game officials to accurately determine the result,” said Kiki VanDeWeghe, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations. “Flow of game is crucial to basketball so a quicker result will help our players and coaches return to action faster.”

Examples of replays that will be determined by the NBA Replay Center are whether a field goal was a two- or three-point attempt, end-of-quarter made field goals, out-of-bounds calls, goaltending and potential shot-clock violations.

The current standard for overturning a call made on the floor will remain for all instant-replay reviews. A call is overturned only if there is “clear and conclusive” visual evidence for doing so.

During replay reviews in which the NBA Replay Center has final jurisdiction, only the crew chief will go to the scorer’s table to hear the Replay Center decision and see the definitive angle on video. The other two referees will get the players lined up to return immediately upon the final decision being conveyed.

That last part could mean that teams will get less or no time to huddle up and make a play call when a review is going on. One complaint about late-game reviews was that they were “free” timeouts, which could benefit one team more than the other.

There will be 1 to 4 refs in the Replay Center every night, depending on the number of games on the schedule. The league starting using the Replay Center last season, but only to find the best replay angle for the in-arena officials to review. Joe Borgia, senior vice president of replay and referee operations, was often in the Center, but no calls were confirmed or changed from Secaucus.

They will be this season.

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