The NBA Board of Governors approved several small changes on Thursday including a uniform change and use of video replay.
NBA Commissioner David Stern met with the media after the Board of Governors concluded their annual meeting.
He said the NBA will permit small advertising patches on uniforms starting in the 2013-14 season which could possibly add $100 million in revenue.
The patches will be 2 1/2 inches-by-2 1/2 inches just above the heart.
"The view is, that the teams would need a significant time; one, to sell the patch; and number two, for Adidas to manufacture the uniforms, because the patch that would be on the players' uniforms would also appear on the jerseys at retail,"said Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver, who is handling the uniform change.
The competition committee altered the use of video replay during the final 2 minutes or in overtime of games.
Officials can now check video replay on all flagrant fouls.
"So the call is flagrant foul and then you go the tape, and you decide whether it's a 1 or a 2, or in some rare instance, maybe even a common foul," Stern said.
Officials now have the option to use video replay when determining if a defender was in or out of the restricted area around the basket on charge and blocking fouls.
- Referees will call “Flagrant” on the court and immediately use the courtside television screen to determine whether the foul was Flagrant 1, Flagrant 2 or actually a common foul. Previously, any changes were made following a review by the league office at least a day later.
- Referees will use replays in the final two minutes of overtime and all overtime to verify block/charge fouls that involve whether a player is in the restricted area.
- Referees will use replays in the final two minutes of regulation and all overtime to review goaltending calls. Non-calls will not be reviewed because that would require stopping play.
The competition committee will look into flopping and fouls away from the ball in September.