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BASKETBALL REFS USING CLOCK TECHNOLOGY TO GET IT RIGHT

The technology used for game clocks has become part of a basketball referee’s on-court DNA, something few could see coming considering the system was initially scoffed at by some officials.

The Precision Time system created more than two decades ago by former referee Mike Costabile currently is used at nearly every level of the sport, including the NBA and college basketball’s NCAA Tournament. Costabile estimates by stopping the clock automatically on a referee’s whistle can save roughly 90 seconds formerly lost to reaction time when timekeepers manually stopped the clock.

The improved technology also makes the refs’ whistle essentially their fingerprints.

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