The NBA Board of Governors had their annual summer meeting yesterday and approved some changes to the use of instant replay and also into advertising on jerseys.
NBA commissioner David Stern talked with the media following the meeting and said the league would be looking o add possibly $100 million in revenue by adding small advertising patches to uniforms beginning in the 2013-14 season.
The NBA would model itself after European soccer teams by doing this. This is something that was probably inevitable with the NBA especially because they can earn so much money implementing it.
The NBA has also altered some of its rules regarding the use of instant replay. Officials can now at any point in the game go to replay to review every flagrant foul to determine if it was a Flagrant 1 or 2.
This is a good move because every potential flagrant deserves to immediately be reviewed by video. Many times hard fouls will look worse in real time than on video and vice versa.
Officials can also now use replay in the final two minutes of regulation or in overtime to review if a player was in the restricted area when attempting to take a charge. Officials can now also review goaltending calls at this time.
Charging calls in general are some of the most frustrating calls made in the NBA. Any attempt to improve the accuracy of these calls has to be a good thing for the league though.
The competition committee is set to meet in September to look at flopping and dealing with fouls away from the ball.
Addressing flopping is a very good idea for the league. It will be interesting to see how they come up with a way to reduce it though.