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Friday, July 19th, 2013 at 9:30 am  |  3 responses

NBA Approves Five Rule Changes


The League’s Board of Governors voted in five rule changes for next season. Per the press release: “Instant replay may now be used: When reviewing a block/charge play to determine whether the defender was inside or outside the restricted area, officials will now be permitted to reverse a charge call, or uphold a blocking call, when the defender was outside the restricted area but was not set when the offensive player began his upward shooting motion. To determine whether an off-ball foul occurred before or after a player has started his shooting motion on a successful shot attempt, or before or after the ball was released on a throw-in. During the review of any instant replay situation to permit the officials to assess the appropriate penalties of any unsportsmanlike and unnecessary acts (e.g. flagrant fouls) that are observed during the instant replay reviews. Additional rules modifications: On clear path to the basket fouls, it will no longer be considered a clear path foul if at any point before the foul is committed, the defender who commits the foul is positioned ahead of the offensive player in the frontcourt. A team on offense will lose possession if its player leaves the floor and does not immediately return to the floor, unless he is injured, attempting to save the ball or in other extenuating circumstances.”

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  • Lexluther312

    To the last point: you put your body on the line to save the ball, which shows heart, passion, and all that jazz; you knock a fan’s popcorn and Bud Light over, but you can’t stay too long and apologize, chat, or sip what’s left of the beer because your team is in danger of losing possession of the ball that you risked injury to earn. C’MON SON. And to the replay on block/charge calls: THANK GOD. Worst call in sports, may prolong the game a little bit but so worth it. Shane Battier, they’re comin’ for ya.

  • Anthony

    Instant replay w/ the Block/Charge calls is going to be big and may decide a game or two next season.

  • spit hot fiyah

    i like these, some games might take 4.5 hours to watch, but i like these anyways

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