NBA to expand replay, allow jersey ads

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The NBA Board of Governors signed off on expanded use of instant replay next season and will allow "advertising patches" on game jerseys in 2013-14.

The replay rule allows for officials to review all flagrant fouls. At full speed, the severity of some breakaway fouls led to many questionable rulings in the postseason. The protocol has now changed.

"You go to the tape," said commissioner David Stern. "You decide whether it's a 1 or a 2, or in some rare instance, maybe even a common foul."

Under current NBA rules, officials can use video replay in the final two minutes of overtime to provide clarity on calls involving possession, goaltending and charging or blocking. Stern said discussions continue on how to deal with intentional "flopping" and he described the matter as a serious problem.

Revenue of up to $100 million is expected when the league allows advertising on uniforms. The league projection could be adjusted as individual teams and manufacturers to sort through all the variables in play in the major change. Replica uniforms would also include the advertising patches, which would be patterned after professional basketball and soccer in Europe with explicit limitations.
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