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Published April 22, 2011
THROWING THE FLAG? In N.Y., Stefan Bondy notes with NBA referees "again under heavy criticism for their officiating during the playoffs," Stern on Thursday hinted that the league "may adopt new rules for disputed calls, including NFL-style challenges." Stern: "Eventually, you may have someone sitting at a desk rather than having a discussion of three referees every time there's a disputed play. We might have one person whose job it is to keep the headphones on and always watch. And you might let a coach throw the flag in the last two minutes. We're striving for accuracy. We have to find a way to speed the game up, and to get it right. That's the most important" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 4/22). ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst noted Stern "doesn't think replay expansion will be in place by next season." But the commissioner "thinks the technology, and perhaps even the challenge flags, are coming." Stern: "Do we stop the game every time? I don't think so, but there are going to be improvements made over the course of time that are going to eliminate a lot of the controversy" (ESPN.com, 4/21).