NBA elim­i­nates some time­outs to speed up games

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LAS VE­GAS — The NBA wants to see the fin­ish of its games go a bit more quickly.

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 time-outs, af­ter the 7- and 3-minute marks.

“We’re pretty happy with the length of the 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, what we heard from many of our teams, was that the end of the games in par­tic­u­lar were too choppy. And I think since I was a kid, that was an is­sue peo­ple were talk­ing about, the last two min­utes of a game.”

Sil­ver said the full com­ple­ment of com­mer­cial-show­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties will still be avail­able to the league’s broad­cast part­ners, and that the league doesn’t be­lieve player in-game rest will be af­fected by speed­ing up some as­pects.

Also, all half­times will be 15 min­utes and de­lay of game penal­ties will be is­sued if teams are not ready to im­me­di­ately play when in­ter­mis­sion ends.

The league also changed the trade dead­line, mov­ing it up so teams would not have their ros­ters sig­nif­i­cantly al­tered dur­ing the All-Star break.

This sea­son’s dead­line will be Feb. 8 — 10 days be­fore the Al­lS­tar Game in Los Angeles. Un­der the old sys­tem the dead­line would have been Feb. 22, when teams are get­ting ready to re­sume their sea­sons af­ter the break.

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