A series of NBA rule changes are reportedly set to be implemented for the upcoming season. As reported by The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the NBA Board of Governors has approved a measure that will permit coaches to challenge a referee’s call with a “challenge flag”, a system already in use in the NFL.
Sources: Head coach’s challenge won’t be a physical flag thrown on the field of play like the NFL — it will be a signal from the coach. https://t.co/4wtdzw2FpN
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 10, 2019
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski has reported that another rule change is to be enacted in the form of expanded opportunities for replay reviews, a system formerly very restricted under the NBA’s rules.
Among the allowable coaching challenges starting next season: a personal foul charged to coach’s team, a called out-of-bounds violation, and goaltending and basket-interference violations. https://t.co/4vKGlAvCUi
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 10, 2019
The aforementioned NBA rule changes come amidst the NBA’s efforts to reduce the number of games in an NBA season as well as possibly adding an in-season tournament, such as those common in international soccer leagues. With the 2021-2022 season being the 75th anniversary of the formation of the NBA, the league is said to be targetting that season to further shift the current landscape of the league.