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NBA Approves Coach's Challenge For Next Season

Coach's challenges are coming to the NBA

July 10, 2019 - 2:04 am

The NBA announced Tuesday that it will institute a coach's challenge system for the first time during the 2019-20 season.

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The NBA's Competition Committee proposed the rule change and the measure was passed unanimously by all 30 teams.

Coaches will be allowed to challege one play per game, and it can be used to challenge a foul on called on his team, an out-of-bounds call, goaltending or basket interference. Teams will not gain a second challenge if the call in question is overturned. A challenge can be used at any point, but in the last two minutes of the fourth quarter or overtime, out of bounds calls as well as goaltending and basket interference cannot be challenged. Only the officials can call for a review.

This system has been used in the G League for the past two seasons, and the NBA has not committed to using it past next season. A team must have a timeout in order to challenge a play, and they will lose that timeout if the challenge is unsuccessful.