NCAA announces upgrade to its replay and timekeeping systems for men’s and women’s tournaments

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If one were to put together a photo album of images of the current college basketball season, one of the images would have to be of officials huddled around a video monitor. While there’s nothing wrong with attempting to get the call correct, on multiple occasions this season such reviews have led to lengthy delays that remove any flow from the game. Ahead of the NCAA tournament, the NCAA has announced changes that will hopefully result in shorter game delays.

The NCAA will use the latest in video replay and timekeeping technology during the men’s and women’s Division I basketball tournaments, with DVSport handling the replay aspect and Precision Timing Systems dealing with the timekeeping department.

“We are excited to enter into these relationships with these reputable companies who will allow us to use the best available technology to be as accurate as possible with regards to timing and reviewable plays,” NCAA vice president of men’s basketball Dan Gavitt said in the release.

“The Division I men’s basketball committee and our staff spent considerable time reviewing this and we’re happy to be able to implement each system into the 2015 championship. We think using these technologies is going to improve the championship experience for coaches, players, fans and officials.”

While some conferences are already working with one (or both) of these companies, this is a first for the NCAA. And in regards to DVSport’s work, hopefully having the best technology available leads to not only accurate calls but also less time spent waiting for the officials to make the call in question.