NBA Board of Governors announces minor changes

07/21/2013 12:25 PM ET
By Chantz Martin

Replay will be extended, giving referees more freedom to review and change calls if necessary.(AP)
The NBA's Board of Governors has announced minor changes to five rules, including altering the policy on instant replay and the video review system as a whole.

Those review policy changes for the upcoming season include tweaks on off-ball fouls, clear path fouls and blocks vs. charges, but NBA Commissioner David Stern did announce that the Board of Governors did not adopt any changes to the league's controversial anti-flopping policy - a follow-up to Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle's comments last month that no changes to the flopping policy were recommended by the Competition Committee.

The full list of the NBA changes can be found below:

-Instant replay may now be used to review a block/charge play and determine whether the defender was inside or outside the restricted area; officials will now also be permitted to reverse a charge call or uphold a blocking call when the defender was outside the restricted area but was not set when the offensive player began his upward shooting motion.

-Replay can also now be used to determine whether an off-ball foul occurred before or after a player has started his shooting motion on a successful shot attempt, or before or after the ball was released on a throw-in.

-During the review of any instant replay situation, officials can now assess the appropriate penalties of any unsportsmanlike and unnecessary acts (e.g. flagrant fouls) that are observed during the reviewed play.

-What were formerly clear path to the basket fouls will no longer be considered so if, at any point before the foul is committed, the defender who commits the foul is positioned ahead of the offensive player in the front court.

-A team on offense will lose possession if its player leaves the floor and does not immediately return, unless he is injured, is attempting to save the ball, or has some other extenuating circumstance.

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