The National Basketball Referees Association announced Tuesday that it will host a live referee “watch party” during Game 3 of the NBA Finals Wednesday night to discuss in-game calls with fans in real-time.
NBA Twitter has a lot to say – especially during the #NBAFinals. And now we'll be joining the conversation.
— NBA Referees (@OfficialNBARefs) June 5, 2018
The referees behind the @OfficialNBARefs account will answers questions submitted with #RefWatchParty, but the individuals answering questions will not be identified – which is probably for the best, if we’re being honest.
The plan is to address specific plays and interpret rules as questions arise.
Throughout the playoffs, the referee association has been using social media to address questionable calls and offer alternate points of view on rule interpretation. The following is an example:
We missed this one – it should have been a foul. The defensive player undercuts the offensive player, knocking him off balance. Unfortunately in this case the referee had a closed look at the point of contact. https://t.co/uiSqBvPvKV
— NBA Referees (@OfficialNBARefs) June 4, 2018
This new strategy comes as part of changes stemming from an NBRA meeting with the player’s union during the All-Star break, wherein the two parties agreed to better communicate with each other.
On the court during Game 3 will be Marc Davis, Zach Zarba, and John Goble, with Eric Lewis standing by as an alternate.