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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.

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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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