Joe Borgia, NBA Vice President of Referee Operations, will be a panelist at the 2013 Summit being held in Grand Rapids, Mich. Borgia will take part in one of the highest-rated sessions of the Summit, "Let's Hit the Play Button." Great plays from the past year will be celebrated from various organizations and leagues.
Borgia was a member of the NBA’s Basketball Operations Department from 1999 until the Referee Operations Department was recently formed. He started as Director of Referee Development and for the last four years acted as the league's Director of Officiating Programs and Development. Borgia is responsible for the administration of Referee Operations including recruiting, training programs, team communications and oversight of the D-League and WNBA officiating programs.
Borgia began his professional officiating career in 1978 at age 22, when he joined the staff of the New York Pro-Am league. He spent eight years in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) and in 1988 was hired to the NBA staff. He officiated 10 seasons before an injury forced him to retire in 1998. Borgia grew up surrounded by NBA officiating. He is the son of the late Sid Borgia, a legendary referee who officiated in the NBA for 20 years beginning in 1946. Sid Borgia also served as supervisor of officials during the latter years of his career and continued as an observer after retiring.
Borgia currently resides in New Rochelle, N.Y. He is married to Linda and they have a daughter and a son.