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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, October 04, 2017 1:20 pm

NBA G League to use 4 refs, expand playoffs to 12 teams

Associated Press

NEW YORK -- The NBA G League will use four referees for preseason and regular-season games through November and expand its playoffs from eight to 12 teams.

The NBA's minor league experimented with four- and five-person referee crews for nine regular-season games last season.

The league announced the playoff format for the 26-team league on Wednesday. The 50-game regular season tips off on Nov. 3.

Also, the coach's challenge has been revised to one per game. It can be used any time to challenge fouls, goaltending/basket interference and out-of-bounds calls.