Ask The Czar

Ronnie from Alcoa wants to know:

When is someone going to address the referee situation and the need for some type of replay or conference between officials to get calls right, especially at key times of games?

The NBA first instituted instant replay prior to the 2002-03 season in order to review last second shots and fouls at the end of each period. The topic of instant replay comes up every year, and we’ve seen the NBA Board of Governors continue to make modifications to the rules over each of the last few seasons in order to ensure that accurate calls are made. Including the most recent modifications, the league now uses 11 different triggers for instant replay review. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Board of Governors takes another look at some of the controversial calls that impacted games this season. If they feel that the instant replay rules in place right now are insufficient, they may expand them or add new ones in order to better enable officials to get calls right. But for better or worse, human error is a part of the game.