Joe Borgia, the face and voice and NBA replay center, retires


Longtime NBA fans may know Joe Borgia from his days as a referee in the 1980s and 1990s.

NBA insiders know him from his time work in the league’s referee operations office.

Today’s fans recognize Borgia as the face and voice of the NBA’s replay center in Secaucus, New Jersey where reviews are conducted along with referees on the court.

Borgia was instrumental in ushering in the replay review era both as the senior vice president of replay and referee operations and the man who often explained rulings to fans watching on TV.

Thursday marked the end of Borgia’s 32-year career with the NBA.

In January, he informed NBA president of league operation Byron Spruell of his intent to retire after the 2020 Finals. That was before COVID-19 altered daily life and the NBA schedule, but Borgia is sticking to his plan.

“I’ve got a 19-month-old grandson,” Borgia told USA TODAY Sports. “I’ve been with the NBA 32 years. I’ve been married 33, but I’ve only been home for half of them. The time is just right for me to be home now. We’ve had a great run.”

Borgia grew up in a referee household. His dad, Sid Borgia, was one of the league’s first referees, officiating games…

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