As Senior Vice President of Replay and Referee Operations at the National Basketball Association, Joe Borgia is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the NBA Replay Center in Secaucus, N.J. Borgia spent two seasons testing equipment and assisting in the design of the state-of-the-art Replay Center facility, which opened prior to the start of the 2014-15 NBA regular season. His Referee Operations duties include producing training videos, interpreting the rules of the game for officials, teams, broadcasters and media, providing insight on “Making the Call” on NBA TV, and overseeing the WNBA’s officiating program.
Borgia began his professional officiating career in 1978 at age 22, when he joined the staff of the New York Pro-Am league. He spent eight years in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) and in 1988 was hired to the NBA staff. He officiated 10 seasons before an injury forced him to retire in 1998.
Borgia grew up surrounded by NBA officiating. He is the son of the late Sid Borgia, a legendary referee who officiated in the NBA for 20 years beginning in 1946. Sid also served as supervisor of officials during the latter years of his career and continued as an observer after retiring.
Borgia resides in New Jersey and St. Petersburg, Fla. He is married to Linda and they have a daughter Marisa and son Matthew.