Years after the NFL brought the coach’s challenge to its sport and changed the game, it now appears the NBA will follow suit for the 2019-’20 season.
According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the league’s Board of Governors approved the implementation of in-game challenges for head coaches next season.
The implemented policy will allow each NBA head coach to use one challenge per game, which they will automatically lose regardless of the outcome determined by replay. A coach can challenge a play by signaling to one of the officials, rather than the use of a flag like the NFL.
In a memo previously obtained by ESPN, the league said coaches will be allowed to challenge foul calls, goaltending, basket interference and out-of-bounds plays.
It should only be a matter of time before the news becomes official and the NBA releases its specific plans for the implementation of the rule. It will be interesting to see if the coach’s challenge will have the same impact as it had on NFL games.