User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
NBA has rules to make baselines safer

The NBA is expanding the area that must be clear behind the basket and cutting the number of photographers along the baseline in an effort to improve player safety.

Advertisement
The new regulations, calling for an extra foot of open space on both sides of the basket stanchion, were sent to teams Tuesday by league president of operations Rod Thorn and executive vice president of team marketing and business operations Amy Brooks in a memo that was obtained by The Associated Press.

Thorn says clearing the congestion behind the playing area was planned even before Indiana's Paul George broke his right leg when he crashed into the stanchion last month during a USA Basketball exhibition game.

''The conversations about this topic preceded Paul's injury by several years,'' Thorn said. ''As a matter of fact, at our league meetings in July we informed our teams this was the direction we were going. But of course when an injury occurs like the one to Paul, it reaffirms the changes we have made and the need to continue to evaluate our policies.''

The ''escape lanes,'' the unoccupied area on either side of the stanchion to the closest photographer spot, will increase from 3 to 4 feet.

Only 20 camera positions, 10 on each baseline, will remain, down from 24 last season and 40 during the 2010-11 regular season. Each baseline can have six photo spots on one side of the basket and four on the other, and dance teams or other entertainers cannot be stationed along the baseline.

''We have been studying this issue consistently over the last four years and these are just the latest adjustments to make the baselines an even safer area for our players, our team attendants and the photographers,'' Thorn said. ''Many of the incidents of contact between players and photographers are around the basket area, so we felt it made sense to increase the open area between the baskets and the first photographer to four feet.''

Players have often been at risk of crashing into a camera when tumbling out of bounds behind the basket. The NBA experimented with limiting photography spots during last season's playoffs before deciding to make those changes permanent and mandating the bigger escape lanes.

''We will continue to examine this to ensure the safety of our players while at the same time allowing for the networks and media to properly capture images from our games,'' Thorn said. ''We feel we have balanced those needs very well but will continue to review our processes throughout the season.''

Copyright 2016 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written
consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

  
HEADLINES
News: Win Total Update - November
Akins: Hoop Trends - Saturday
Warriors' Kerr admits marijuana use
Players: Kerr's admission could spark talk
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NBA Pro Basketball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NBA Hot Streaks
8-4 L12, 34-15 Run, +1,594 TY
9-4 L6 Days, 7-2 L9 Guarantees
9-2 L11, 12-4 L16 Picks
8-2 L10 Guaranteed Plays
4-1 L5 G-Plays, +1,343 This Year
11-2 L13 G-Plays, 12-4 L16 Picks
6-2 L8 Picks, 12-4 L16 G-Plays
4-2 Picks Last Night
6-2 NBA Guarantees TY
2-0 Record Yesterday
6-1 Last 7 NBA Selections
3-0 Record Last 3 Days
NBA Pro Basketball Expert Sports Picks - Chip Chirimbes
2016 NBA SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Chip Chirimbes + 1594
Doc's Sports + 1343
Zack Cimini + 505
Last 7 Day Leaders
Handicapper Money
ASA + 423
TJ Pemberton + 397
Kevin Rogers + 374
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Andy Iskoe 67 %
Chip Chirimbes 63 %
Zack Cimini 59 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Alex Smart + 902
Doc's Sports + 808
ASA + 678
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
NeiltheGreek + 753
ASA + 368
Alex Smart + 353
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Alex Smart + 470
Mark Franco + 467
Jimmy Boyd + 459
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership