Hardcore and casual NBA fans alike have consistently come up with the same complaint about games over the last couple of years, particularly in the 2013-14 regular season. With the replay rules at the end of games, the games seem to take an eternity to end. The officials appear to be going to the monitor every five seconds to see who touched the ball before it went out of bounds and whatever else.
However, the league is looking to remedy that. According to a report from Brian Windhorst of ESPN, NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn says that the league is “in the process” of creating “central location” that will have officials watching games and can tell the referees on the floor what has happened when a play is being reviewed. The hope is that this process is going to take less time and make the games move quicker.
This is a great move by the league if they can make this happen as one of the first big moves by new commissioner Adam Silver. It’s a system that the NHL has been using since 2011 and has been met with positive reviews for how it helps keep the action going on the ice. It’s possible that it will do the same on the hardwood.
One of the things that caused ex-commissioner David Stern to be held in mostly high regard for his 30-year tenure at the post was the way he was always progressing the league and making it a more entertaining and marketable product. Though Silver is less than a month into his tenure, it seems he’s already starting to follow in those same footsteps by making the game more enjoyable to watch for the fans.