NBA restructures referee operations

The NBA today announced that it has restructured the league’s referee operations department, appointing Bernie Fryer to the position of vice president and director of officials, Joe Borgia to the position of vice president, referee operations, and Ronnie Nunn to the position of director of development.

Fryer, who served as the NBA’s assistant director of officials and crew chief coordinator during the 2007-08 season, will be responsible for the day-to-day management and on-court performance of NBA referees, reporting to senior vice president of referee operations, Ron Johnson, according to the league.

Borgia, who has served for the last four years as the league’s director of officiating programs and development, will be responsible for administering all other aspects of the officiating program, including recruiting, training programs, team communications and oversight of the D-League and WNBA officiating programs, also reporting to Johnson.


Nunn, who served as the NBA’s director of officials for the past five seasons, will be responsible
for the teaching and development of the NBA’s less-experienced referees and the transition of referees from the D-League to the NBA, reporting to Fryer.

Earlier this month, the league announced the hiring of General Ronald L. Johnson to head the league’s officiating program. General Johnson, a two-star General, recently retired from active duty as Deputy Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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