Officials announcing replay outcomes drawing rave reviews

Officials announcing the end result of replay reviews is likely to be used past this year’s girls’s NCAA Tournament.

ESPN and the NCAA have been so happy with the suggestions that they are going to have offseason discussions about implementing not just for the match, but in addition through the common season.

“I’d expect some of the other broadcast partners to be interested in adopting that,” stated Penny Davis, the NCAA’s nationwide coordinator of officers for ladies’s basketball. “We will train our officials for that, I do see that as a potential.”

ESPN used it at convention tournaments final month after which requested it for this year’s NCAA Tournament, It was first applied by the NBA, starting with final year’s video games within the Orlando bubble. It was launched due to coronavirus protocols that forestall officers from speaking on to announcers about replay selections.

“It is a huge service to our fans, explaining exactly what the call on the floor is, what they are reviewing and the results of the review. We certainly appreciate the transparency from the NCAA officiating crew,” stated Pat Lowry, ESPN’s coordinating producer for the ladies’s match.

Davis additionally famous that the suggestions from ESPN and the announcers has been constructive, and that followers see it as a service too as a result of they’re receiving explanations immediately from the officers.

“It takes the rules and knowledge of the technical piece off” the announcers, stated Davis. “Sometimes they use the terminology from the pro game or men’s game instead of terminology we have in the women’s game.”


AP Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg and AP Sports Writer Pat Eaton-Robb contributed to this report.


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