Just months after the NFL announced changes to speed up the pace of games to make the experience more enjoyable for fans, the NBA has decided to follow suit.
On Wednesday, the league announced several rule changes, including reducing timeouts and changing mandatory television timeouts. But, now, instead of three timeouts in the final two minutes, teams will be allowed two timeouts in the final three. In addition, the
“20 second” time out has been nixed from the game. All time outs, which will not be called “team timeouts” will be 75 seconds.
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“I would say, in this case, we’re pretty happy with the length of our game,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. “We were more focused here on the pace and flow of the game. What we heard from our fans and heard from many of our teams was that the end of the games in particular were too choppy.
“I think since I was a kid, that’s an issue people have been talking about, the last two minutes of our game. . . We think these new changes will have significant impact, especially at the end of the game.”
“I think these things help the competition of the game, will help us from a fan standpoint in terms of the flow, and also satisfies our network partners,” Silver added.
What do you think, less time for timeout, better pace for a game?