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NBA confirms it is in the process of building a centralized replay center for next season

May 20, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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We’ve heard rumblings and reports that the NBA would implement a centralized video replay center as early as next season, in order to help the officials in the arena more efficiently determine the outcome of reviewable calls in real time.

The league has made it somewhat official, according to a survey it sent out to fans asking for opinions on what they should call this video review location.

“The NBA is in the process of building a central location to aid officials in the review of video replays during games,” the survey said, which the NBA sent out via its Fan Forum program. “The central location will aid officials in the review of video replays during games in an effort to improve the accuracy and speed by which reviews are conducted.”

We’re all for speed and accuracy of reviews, so this is undoubtedly a change for the better. But more importantly, what should we call this place? Here are the names that were suggested:

Replay Operations Center

The Operations Center

NBA Operations Center

Real Time Review Room

Rapid Response Center

Basketball Operations & Video Center

Instant Replay Center

Operations Review Room

Basketball Operations

The only one that seems silly to me is “Rapid Response Center,” but honestly, it’s unimportant what the repay center is ultimately called. If we can speed up the process and increase the accuracy of calls that fans at home seem to be able to make correctly — even when the officials in the building do not — then it’s a huge step in the right direction, and one that’s sure to improve the viewer experience.

  1. duhwighthoward - May 20, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    The problem with replay and all these TV-timeouts, in addition to the 4 timeouts each team gets each quarter is that it allows muscle-bound players like LeBron and Wade to catch their breath.

    If they had to run up and down the court as fast as they could on back to back plays, they’d be too winded to keep up.

    That’s why all the players from 20-30 years ago were skinny. Imagine LeBron and Wade trying to guard Magic and Byron Scott in the 80’s. Ha-ha! They would experience cardic arrest by halftime!

  2. antistratfordian - May 20, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    The Truth Booth

    • pdub923 - May 20, 2014 at 5:50 PM

      Love the name. The first (and currently only) thumb down was accidentally from me. Damn fingers on a tiny phone screen!

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