NBA re­duces time­outs

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

The NBA has for years heard com­plaints that a free-flow­ing, fast-paced and ath­letic game grinds to a halt at the most im­por­tant and com­pelling time, when ev­ery­one tunes in to watch the fi­nal few min­utes of a tight game.

Now the league is fi­nally tak­ing steps to make sure crunch time doesn’t get bogged down by com­mer­cial time.

The league’s board of gov­er­nors unan­i­mously ap­proved some changes that will po­ten­tially elim­i­nate four time­outs per game, help speed up the fi­nal min­utes of games and em­pha­size a timely re­sump­tion of play af­ter half­time.

The changes all go into ef­fect start­ing this com­ing sea­son, the NBA said Wed­nes­day. Teams will be lim­ited to two time­outs in the fi­nal three min­utes of a game, in­stead of hav­ing up to three. All four quar­ters will have two manda­tory time­outs, af­ter the sev­e­nand three-minute marks.

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