NBA announces new replay, coach's challenges leaders

NBA announces new replay, coach's challenges leaders
By Reuters

12/07/2019 at 18:04Updated 12/07/2019 at 18:05

The NBA is promoting referee Jason Phillips to lead its replay center as Replay Center Operations Principal.

Joe Borgia, the current leader of the
replay center, will move into a different role where he will oversee the
implementation of coach's challenges.

The board of governors voted earlier this week to approve the use of a coach's
challenge on a one-year trial basis next season.

The league announced the moves Friday.

Phillips has worked in the NBA for 19 seasons and has officiated nine Finals
games. He was injured for most of the 2017-18 season, where he spent time in
the replay center.

Borgia -- who is the NBA's Senior Vice President, Replay and Referee
Operations -- has worked for the NBA as an official and executive for over 30
years.

"We see this as a win-win and part of our leadership succession process," said
Byron Spruell, the NBA's president of league operations, to ESPN. "The
coaches' challenge (is) a significant initiative and we can have Joe focus on
that while he helps Jason with the transition. Joe brings a lot of experience
and knowledge and there will be some sticky scenarios with the coaches'
challenge."

--Field Level Media

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