NBA reduces timeouts
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.