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NBA referee Phillips named to lead NBA replay center

WASHINGTON, July 13 (Xinhua) — The NBA announced on Friday that Jason Phillips, a top-rated referee with 19 seasons of officiating experience in the league, has been named replay center operations principal.

In his new role, Phillips will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the NBA replay center, creating training videos and interpreting the rules of the game for officials, teams, broadcasters and media.


Phillips will succeed Senior Vice President Joe Borgia, who’s in charge of replay and referee operations before. Borgia has served the NBA for 30 years as a game official and a basketball and referee operations executive. Borgia was instrumental in the creation, design and implementation of the NBA’s replay center.

Phillips, 49, has officiated more than 1,100 regular-season games since joining the NBA for the 2000-01 season. He has also worked 94 NBA playoff games, including nine games in the Finals.

“After 19 years of experiencing NBA excitement on the court with the best officials in the world, I look forward to the new challenge of heading up the NBA replay center and working alongside the great people who help support our game on a daily basis,” said Phillips.

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