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Report: NBA implementing central replay center for next season

May 19, 2014, 9:55 AM EST

The NBA has been designing a centralized replay system, but it hadn’t been known when the NHL-style setup would go into effect.

Adam Silver – as the league took heat for replay reviews in the playoffs – got the job done.

Ira Winderman of the SunSentinel:

I’m all for getting calls correct, but the current system is ridiculously inefficient.

Officials waste so much time just going to the scorers’ table and waiting for the television to come out. Then, they huddle around a small screen in a noisy arena to focus on a call.

The system takes too long, and it too often produces bad calls.

A centralized system would drastically reduce setup time, and the reviewers could examine plays on bigger screens with more clarity. There might be kinks in the short term, but this will create a better viewing experience in the long run.

  1. blantoncollier - May 19, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Good move.
    Good decision by Silver.

    • duhwighthoward - May 19, 2014 at 1:08 PM

      They should just get rid of it. The only place for replay is Sports Center. Three referees are already more than enough.

      When I sit in my luxury suite, the last thing I want to watch is nothing. Go out there and play basketball. Replay adds nothing to the experience for me.

      • paleihe - May 19, 2014 at 1:13 PM

        …which is why they’re moving to central replay center so the game won’t get bogged down.

      • paleihe - May 19, 2014 at 1:14 PM

        And the reply isn’t about your “experience”. It’s about getting the call right, which is incredibly important.

      • duhwighthoward - May 19, 2014 at 4:20 PM

        If you would just pay attention to the game, you would get the call right. Basketball is not rocket science. They have the shot clock right over the freaking backboard, for crying out loud!

      • duhwighthoward - May 19, 2014 at 4:21 PM

        And it is all about my experience, since I’m paying for it.

      • paleihe - May 19, 2014 at 4:42 PM

        Are you trying to be a troll? Your position is absolutely ridiculous.

  2. denverhoopdreams - May 19, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    Finally!!!! We’ve been only calling for it for the last what, 6-7 years?

  3. chunkala - May 19, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    Will this make games easier or harder to fix? That’s the real question.

  4. cfos00 - May 19, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    Wroks great in hockey, and keeps the refs away from crowd influence. Makes sense on every level.

    • casualcommenter - May 19, 2014 at 2:32 PM

      Absolutely.
      Benefits of this approach include keeping the refs away from crowd influence, reviews being done more quickly, and in my opinion the most important benefit is that at the central replay center, the referees making the call can consult the rulebook to make sure they’re right.

      Referees in-game have to rely on their training and memory, but if it’s ever a tough to define situation, it’s easier for refs in a central replay center to consult the rulebook than it would be for referees in front of a crowd.

  5. spursareold - May 19, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    So, the guys at replay central can now ignore replays that don’t support the call on the court, instead of the refs in the arena? Got it.

    • casualcommenter - May 19, 2014 at 2:35 PM

      Except the guys at the replay center didn’t make the call on the court, so there’s no personal pride issue that would make them less willing to reverse an incorrect call.

      If an official at the game makes a bad call, that’s his problem.
      If a central replay center official incorrectly fails to reverse that bad call on review, it becomes HIS problem too.

      • spursareold - May 19, 2014 at 5:28 PM

        They guy(s) in the replay center will likely be current or former refs and friends with the guys on the court. It will be like cops closing rank to form the ‘blue line’.

    • denverhoopdreams - May 20, 2014 at 10:46 AM

      Spurs: Except that if the calls start getting called incorrect in the replay center, you need to understand that the backlash will be even stronger than someone in the in-game environment.

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