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Description of the NBA's new instant replay rules

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Posted Oct 23 2008 6:21PM

DESCRIPTION OF NEW INSTANT REPLAY RULES

I. 2-POINT/3-POINT SHOTS:

Game officials will be permitted to use instant replay at any point during a game to determine (i) whether a successful field goal was correctly scored as a 2-point or 3-point field goal, and (ii) whether, for purposes of awarding the correct number of free throws, an unsuccessful field goal attempt on which the shooter was fouled was a 2-point or 3-point attempt.

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A. TRIGGER FOR INSTANT REPLAY REVIEW:

Replay review for 2-point/3-point field goals and shooting fouls would be triggered at the discretion of the game officials, and would be based on a conclusion by the crew that they cannot be reasonably certain whether the shot was a 2-point or 3-point field goal.

B. TIMING OF REVIEW:

1. 2-POINT/3-POINT FIELD GOALS:

a. During the first three periods of a game, any review of a 2-point/3-point field goal must be conducted at the next timeout or period break.

b. In the fourth period of a game, any review of a 2-point/3-point field goal occurring prior to the third full (mandatory) timeout must be conducted at the next timeout.

c. Following the third full timeout of the fourth period and during any overtime period(s), any review of a 2-point/3-point must be conducted at the next clock stoppage--including immediately upon a made basket when the clock stops in the final two minutes of a game. For this purpose, "immediately" means prior to the ball being touched inbounds on the play following the successful shot.

2.) SHOOTING FOULS:

During the entire game, any review of a shooting foul on a 2-point/3-point field goal attempt must be conducted immediately following the foul in question before any free throws are taken.

C. REVIEWABLE MATTERS:

During an instant replay review of a 2-point/3-point field goal or shooting foul, and in addition to determining whether the shot in question was properly called a 2-point or 3-point field goal, game officials would also be able to review certain other matters currently reviewable under the instant replay rules for shots made with no time remaining on the game clock -- specifically, whether the shooter committed a boundary line violation and whether the 24-second clock expired before the ball left the shooter's hand or the shooting foul was called. (Reviewable matters would not include other matters, such as flagrant fouls or player altercations.)

USE OF INSTANT REPLAY TO REVIEW CERTAIN GAME CLOCK MALFUNCTIONS:

Game officials will be permitted to use instant replay in circumstances where the game clock malfunctions during a play concluding with no time remaining on the clock (0:00) at the end of any quarter or overtime period.

A. TRIGGER OF INSTANT REPLAY REVIEW OF GAME CLOCK MALFUNCTION:

Referees will consult instant replay if:

1. A play concludes (i) with no time remaining on the clock (0:00) at the end of any quarter or overtime period or (ii) at a point when the game officials believe that actual time may have expired in any quarter or overtime period; and

2. The game officials are reasonably certain that a game clock malfunction has occurred during the play. (A game clock malfunction includes situations caused by a mechanical malfunction or human error, such as a clock starting too soon or too late or an inbound play, stopping during play (whether or not it is re-started), or running too quickly during play, but does not include discrepancies resulting from what the officials determine to be normal reaction time or reasonable anticipation in starting the clock.

B. TIMING OF REVIEW:

The timing of such reviews would occur immediately following the play in which a game clock malfunction is identified.

C. REVIEWABLE MATTERS:

During an instant replay review of a game clock malfunction, the game officials would determine how much time actually expired, how much time (if any) is remaining in the period, and whether a shot attempt was made or a foul committed before time actually expired. In addition, the game officials would also be allowed to review certain other matters currently reviewable under the instant replay rules for shots taken with no time remaining on the game clock -- specifically, whether the shooter committed a boundary line violation and whether an 8-second backcourt violation occurred before the ball left the shooter's hand.

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