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National Basketball Association referees will take to Twitter to answer fans’ questions about calls in real-time as part of an initiative between the league and the National Basketball Referees Association.
The NBRA and the NBA did the same thing during game three of the NBA Finals last year, and the NBRA said it received positive feedback for helping fans better understand the rules and how officials work and think.
The current partnership tips off with two nationally televised games next week: TNT’s presentation of the Golden State Warriors at the Los Angeles Lakers Monday, and the San Antonio Spurs’ visit to the Philadelphia 76ers, which will air Wednesday on ESPN.
Fans can tweet @OfficialNBARefs or use the #RefWatchParty hashtag, and officials who are not working games on those days will respond.