NBA unveils groundbreaking integrated timekeeping system

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — When you watch any NBA game, the clock is always ticking. And today the NBA announced a way to make sure that clock ticks more perfectly than ever. By teaming up with TISSOT, the official timekeeper of the NBA, the NBA is introducing a new integrated timing system

The NBA and TISSOT announced today the launch of a groundbreaking integrated timing system and a new shot clock with innovative LED glass technology developed exclusively for the league.  The new shot clock will debut July 8 at Samsung NBA Summer League and will be integrated into all NBA arenas for the 2016-17 season.

The integration of the new TISSOT shot clock and timing system marks the first time the league will use the same clocks and timing equipment across all 29 of its arenas.  The clean, sleek shot clock is visibly free of cables and conductors and equipped with TISSOT’s LED glass, making the clock nearly transparent when in use and fully transparent while turned off.  It integrates the 24-second, timeout, and game clocks in one piece of hardware – a first for the league.  Transitions between numbers are instant and undetectable even by high-speed TV cameras, resulting in definitive footage that will further assist NBA referees and the NBA Replay Center in evaluating certain critical calls.

The new system simultaneously transmits exact timing data to all in-arena scoreboards and video equipment, letting fans follow the action within fractions of a second.  Clock and scoreboard operators in all arenas will control the system with TISSOT’s proprietary software, which offers an intuitive and uniform interface.  Each shot clock will feature TISSOT branding, another sign of the company’s increasing presence at NBA games.

“TISSOT is proud of confirming its expertise in the world of basketball timekeeping by presenting this new shot clock,” said François Thiébaud, TISSOT President.  “Our collaboration with the NBA is bound for greatness.  Our shared love for precision and passion for sport is leading us to push boundaries to enhance the experience of basketball for everyone involved with new technology and innovation and this is only the first step.”

“The NBA has depended on accurate timekeeping for more than 70 years, and in all that time we’ve never had a partner like TISSOT,” said Michael Gliedman, NBA Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer, Information Technology.  “TISSOT’s expertise and groundbreaking timing system developed exclusively for the NBA will provide us with the most sophisticated shot clock the league has ever had, enhancing our game on the court and providing a sharper viewing experience for fans.”

The NBA introduced the 24-second shot clock during the 1954-55 season as a way to speed up game play.  The league has since made a number of enhancements to shot clock technology.

It’s a far cry from the days of the earliest shot clocks…

NEW YORK CITY - 1996: A portrait of a vintage 24 second shot clock from the early days of teh National Basketball Association circa 1996 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1996 NBAE (Photo by Steven Freeman/NBAE via Getty Images)

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