NBA Will Take a Fresh Look at Fourth Quarter Timeouts


Commissioner Adam Silver announced prior to London’s NBA Global Games event, that the NBA would take a fresh look at the amount of time it takes to finish close games.

The NBA is widely recognised as being as exciting, fast paced and beautiful as it has ever been. However there has been a lot of debate in recent months about the time taken to finish games which are closely contested.

There are a number of examples in recent weeks where games have taken an extraordinary length of time to complete the final minutes. Houston Vs Oklahoma City last week took eight minutes and thirty one seconds to complete the final twenty-four seconds.

We asked the commissioner if it was something which concerned him, and what the possible options were;
”The short answer to your question is we are going to take a fresh look at the format, specifically in the last two minutes. We have a Competition Committee that reviews those matters and then takes them to in essence our full board of owners. The Competition Committee had begun studying those issues last year, specifically the number of timeouts that are allowed in the last two minutes, and my sense is we are going to be taking a fresh look at it at the end of the season. It’s something that we track very closely. In the league office we time out every game, we know exactly how much time each possession takes and, again, we can also look at minute-by-minute ratings, so we know at what point fans are potentially tuning out as well.”

Commissioner Silver has clearly put a lot of thought into the issue, as he later cited the added incentive to change, with people’s attention spans changing in recent years;

”Obviously people, particularly millennials, have increasingly short attention spans, so it’s something as a business we need to pay attention to.”

Potential options include shortening or reducing the number of timeouts in the final two minutes, I can’t help but feel there would be nothing more exciting than just letting these great talents play and figure plays out for themselves, it’s what they are paid to do!

What do you think should be changed?
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by Brynn Cooper

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