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Fans do like the new “Coaches Challenge” rule (FanPulse)

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One of the new rules the NBA has rolled out this season is a coaches challenge where (as you might expect from the name) head coaches can challenge a call to be reviewed with instant replay. Per the NBA:

Each team is entitled to one challenge in the game (regardless of whether the challenge is successful).

A team can use its challenge in the following instances: a called personal foul charged to its own team; a called out-of-bounds violation; or a called goaltending or basket interference violation.

-- A team can use its challenge on a called personal foul at any point in the game.

-- In the last two minutes of the fourth period or the last two minutes of overtime, a called out-of-bounds violation or called goaltending/basket interference violation will not be challengeable and instead will be exclusively triggered by on-court referees.

Thus far fans seem to be in favor of them.

Those that do not approve probably don’t like the stoppage of play and the time it takes to review the calls. At least in football there are stoppages on every down while basketball is more free-flowing.

On one hand, it would be great if the refs could get every call right. On the other hand, doing so would require endless replays. Some might argue that there will be missed calls on both sides and that in the aggregate they even out over the course of a game (or at least a season).

Still, there are certainly key plays in any given game that can swing the outcome and it makes sense for the league to give the coaches a chance to review those. So you can see in theory what the league is trying to accomplish.

In practice, however, it may not be working out exactly as planned. Every play seems critical to most coaches. When it boils down to it, it is impossible to know which plays you should absolutely challenge and what could happen in the future that you could better use the challenge on.

What are your thoughts on the coaches challenge?

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