Rules changes in the NBA

instantreplayThe NBA Board of Governors met in Las Vegas on Thursday and approved some rules changes for the 2013-14 season. (Jazz CEO Greg Miller is Utah’s representative for that board, by the way.)

Judging the new ways instant replay can be used, NBA games might last about 3.5 hours next year. Here are the changes from the league’s press release:

Instant replay may now be used:

  • When reviewing a block/charge play to determine whether the defender was inside or outside the restricted area, officials will now be permitted to reverse a charge call, or uphold a blocking call, when the defender was outside the restricted area but was not set when the offensive player began his upward shooting motion.
  • To determine whether an off-ball foul occurred before or after a player has started his shooting motion on a successful shot attempt, or before or after the ball was released on a throw-in.
  • During the review of any instant replay situation to permit the officials to assess the appropriate penalties of any unsportsmanlike and unnecessary acts (e.g. flagrant fouls) that are observed during the instant replay reviews.

Additional rules modifications:

• On clear path to the basket fouls, it will no longer be considered a clear path foul if at any point before the foul is committed, the defender who commits the foul is positioned ahead of the offensive player in the frontcourt.

• A team on offense will lose possession if its player leaves the floor and does not immediately return to the floor, unless he is injured, attempting to save the ball or in other extenuating circumstances.

• Each of these rules was recommended by the NBA’s Competition Committee at its meeting on June 12. (Jazz executive vice president of basketball operations Kevin O’Connor is on that committee.)

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One comment

  1. Roberto Leone

    While accuracy is a noble intent there has to be some limit. We pay for entertainment not to see the refs huddled around the replay screen for 20 minutes a night.

    While these rules “allow” them to use replay I hope it does not mean if somebody whines then they instantly review. I don’t see alot of games won or lost specifically on these areas so I hope they don’t get carried away.

    On the upside, if they do use it alot more then maybe some of the superstar treatment will be exposed for the fraud that it is.