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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." CBSSports.com
Ronald Tillery: NBA ref Dick Bavetta's league career is as old as Griz coach Dave Joerger: 39 years http://t.co/aWrUddNVBK Twitter @CAGrizBeat
Long-time ref Kevin Fehr has been bounced for poor job performance, but has already signed on with the NCAA. Ageless wonder Dick Bavetta, benched for the first time in the playoffs last spring, has returned for another season. He turns 74 in December. New York Daily News
NBA commissioner David Stern, like fans, coaches and players everywhere, recognizes that flopping has become a problem, and he vows to study the issue this offseason. “It’s a legitimate concern,” Stern told ESPN’s Lisa Salters during the broadcast of Pacers-Heat Game 1 on Sunday. “Some years ago, I told the competition committee that we were going to start fining people for flopping and then suspend them—and I think they almost threw me out of the roo (and told me), ‘No, let it be.’ Sporting News
It's unintentional, but NBA referees call fewer fouls on players of their own race, according to a recently published paper co-authored by a BYU professor. Yet the study, which came out last week in Quarterly Journal of Economics, has ramifications beyond the basketball court, says Joe Price, a BYU economics professor who co-authored the study as a Ph.D. student at Cornell along with assistant professor Justin Wolfers at the University of Pennsylvania. Deseret News
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