On Thursday morning, the NBA announced advanced solutions to improve the league’s officiating. It’s nothing new, as it’s been a growing issue for several years. Players, executives, viewers, as well as coaches have had their share of criticism towards it.
A great example, is the ongoing controversy of the NBA’s Last Two Minute report.
As the cases keep piling up, referees are overturning calls and even missing them on the replay review. There’s an overwhelming number of instances from this season alone, as the league has been given an earful for the poorly display of officiating.
However, it’s always seemed “nearly-impossible” for the league to find a solution. How can you implement a system where referees can make the correct calls throughout the entire course of an NBA game? According to league sources, it’s now a prominent task moving forward.
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Via NBA Communications, the league has installed several steps that will be made in order to improve the league’s officiating. But before this process even begins, a six-month council review will take effect. The plan is to not only establish an ideal advancement through technology (specifically for replays), but to also condone more precise calls during basketball games.
- “Increase the officiating staff by 25 percent within three years, including 10 percent by next season, through a more diverse and comprehensive approach to sourcing and hiring.”
- “Use a new, data-driven game review system to create objective referee measurement standards and track progress regarding call accuracy and errors per game over multiple seasons.”
- “Leverage technology to develop innovative methods to train officials, including the use of virtual reality.”
- “Improve and expand the process by which teams inquire about specific plays or offer input on the officiating program.”
- “Install a newly-created postgame survey process for coaches to share officiating feedback in real time.”
- “Develop guidelines and establish forums to improve decorum and in-game communications among players, coaches and referees.”
- “Introduce a new scheduling system to optimize the chemistry and composition of officiating crews and ensure rest for individual referees.”
It’s important for the NBA to add more stability throughout their games. As the league continues to expand by the day, it’s clear that the officiating must improve. Should be interesting to see how this kind of development transpires.
The NBA is also conducting a meeting between players, referees (both current and former) and TV analysts. Notable names are Doug Collins, Kenny “The Jet” Smith and Steve Javie.
President of League Operations Byron Spruell admitted that it’s a primary’s focus to expand new ways to make officiating more competitively balanced than ever before.
“Our focus with these new initiatives is to build on the already-existing strengths of our officiating program and ensure maximum effectiveness of our officials,” said Spruell. “With an eye toward continuous improvement, these measures will put our officials in an even better position to succeed in this demanding role and reinforce the NBA’s commitment to transparency.”
Give or take, this is a constant issue that is nearing closer to it’s final resolution. However, as exciting as this is, the league isn’t perfect, as it never will be. For the sake of basketball fans, the misunderstanding of what these officials deal with from game-to-game is widely forsaken. To officiate a professional basketball game is already demanding, yet very difficult to perform.