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NBA to use centralized video review center next season

By Royce Young | NBA writer

The NBA wants instant replay reviews to be better, and more efficient.

So new commissioner Adam Silver is implementing a new centralized video review center that will monitor all necessary game replays, with the idea to streamline the process and cut down the time.

"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 said Friday, via ESPN.com. "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."

The process is similar to what the NHL uses, which is basically a command center in Toronto that communicates with on-court officials.

"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."

The NBA's review structure has greatly expanded over the past few seasons, adding in more and more triggers. Which means more reviews, and slower games. The league obviously wants to make sure the review process is as simple and quick, yet effective, as possible, so they're taking steps ahead to attempt to make it better.

 
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