Published: Wed, July 10, 2019
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National Basketball Association approves coach's challenge on one-year trial

National Basketball Association approves coach's challenge on one-year trial

Silver also commented on potential rules changes regarding tampering, saying "the one strong conviction I have is that we should not have rules that are not strictly enforced". I think it hurts the perception of integrity around the league if people say, 'Well, you have that rule and it's obvious that teams aren't fully complying, so why do you have it?'

The coach's challenge, which has been used in the NBA's G League for each of the past two seasons and has been in place for this year's version of the summer league, will be used next season by the National Basketball Association on a one-year trial basis. Then, a few days later, when the biggest decision of the summer finally arrived - Kawhi Leonard signing with the Clippers - it only happened because Paul George requested a trade and the Thunder worked out a deal to send him to Los Angeles as well.

The NBA's Board of Governors approved the change on Tuesday evening.

"We have work to do", Silver said. Challenges also popped up past year in the Summer League. This process, which was successfully tested at MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2018 and is being used again at this year's event, will be implemented for the 2019-20 NBA season.

Coaches will now be able to challenge personal fouls charged to their respective team, a called out-of-bounds violation and more.


The NBA Board of Governors have approved the implementation of in-game challenge flags for head coaches next season, The Athletic's Shams Charania reported on Tuesday.

The penalty for attempting to challenge without a timeout is a technical foul and no challenge to the call will be given.

The feeding frenzy of National Basketball Association free agency did more than keep the league in the sports headlines in July or commit upwards of a half billion dollars to player contracts in the days after the opening bell. And no, there won't be a flag for each coach to toss as in football; a twirling of the finger, the signal referees now use, will be sufficient.

"Enabling the NBA Replay Center to trigger instant replay will improve game flow and provide real-time awareness of any adjustments to the score". An additional courtside administrator will work at the scorer's table at each game to expedite communication between the game officials and the folks in Secaucus.

A generational shift away from traditional TV viewing, including "cord-cutting", streaming and even pirating might be at work on National Basketball Association ratings. All very positive indicators.

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