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JOE BORGIA
Vice President, Referee Operations


Joe Borgia, Vice President, Referee Operations was a member of the NBA’s Basketball Operations Department from 1999 until the Referee Operations Department was recently formed. He started as Director of Referee Development and for the last 4 years acted as the league's Director of Officiating Programs and Development. Joe is responsible for the administration of Referee Operations including recruiting, training programs, team communications and oversight of the D-League and WNBA officiating programs.

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 Borgia also served as supervisor of officials during the latter years of his career and continued as an observer after retiring.

Borgia currently resides in New Rochelle, NY. He is married to Linda and they have a daughter Marisa and son Matthew.

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