NBA reportedly implements new coach's challenge for 2019-20 season

Gabby Guerard
July 10, 2019 - 12:15 pm
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The sports community is already used to seeing a coach’s challenge in the NHL, MLB, and NFL, but now that ability will also extend to the NBA.

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Shams Charania reported Tuesday night, “Sources: The NBA Board of Governors have passed the implementation of in-game challenge flags for head coaches for the 2019-20 season.” He was quick to also clarify that it won’t be a physical flag thrown on the field of play, as in the NFL, but rather, will be a signal from the coach.

The use of the coach’s challenge has already been in play for this year’s Summer League, as well as in the NBA’s G League for the last two seasons. It will be used in the NBA for a one-year trial during the 2019-20 season.

According to ESPN, the decision was reportedly approved by the league’s board of governors at the annual meeting held during NBA Summer League. The NBA’s competition committee proposed the change, which was supported unanimously by all 30 teams in the league.

Teams will only have one challenge per game, and should the initial challenge be successful, the organization will still not receive a second one, unlike in other sports. The challenge may be used to question a number of different calls, including a personal foul, an out-of-bounds call, goaltending or basket-interference. However, should the out-of-bounds calls, goaltending, or basket-interference calls occur during the final two minutes of the game or overtime, they may not be challenged, and will automatically be reviewed.

In order to use a challenge, the team will need to have called a timeout after the play in question, at which point the coach “must twirl his finger toward the referee” to signal the challenge. If a team erroneously tries to call a challenge but does not have a timeout left, it will be given a technical foul. In order to overturn a call, the evidence needs to be clear and conclusive.

In addition to the coach’s challenge, a second change was also reportedly unanimously approved. This allows the league’s replay center in Secaucus, New Jersey to instantly call for the review of whether a shot is a 2- or 3-pointer, regardless of whether the shot was made or if it’s to determine the number of free throws from a foul, as well as for a possible shot-clock violation.

To avoid slowing the game down with frequent communication between the replay center and the referees on the court, the league will now have a “courtside administrator” at the scorer’s table for each game. The administrator will be supervised by the NBA’s league office.

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