By Ariel Scotti / January 18, 2019

NBA Refs Will Interact with Fans Through Social Media — During Games

Instead of, maybe, paying attention to the court.

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NBA refs will now have to answer to fans as well as disgruntled players. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

NBA referees will answer questions about calls in real time via Twitter during a selection of games for the rest of the season.

The NBA’s latest endeavor will start with two games next week — the Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Lakers game on Monday and San Antonio Spurs at Philadelphia 76ers matchup on Wednesday, ESPN reported. Fans can scream at tweet @OfficialNBARefs or use the hashtag #RefWatchParty to get responses from officials on the court.

Members of the National Basketball Referees Association first tried out the concept last season during a Finals game, noted ESPN. During the game, refs  were able to explain to fans their reasoning behind specific calls in the same way you’d appreciate having to explain your every move at the office to a complete stranger.

The NBA league office has agreed to work in collaboration with the referee union on this project — a great idea considering the number of missed or incorrect calls that will likely be made while refs are tweeting during games.

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