VegasInsider.com
VI Mobile Scores and Betting OddsVI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds Be Social
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Boxing/MMA
Fantasy Sports
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 2017 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: 2017-18 Playoff Props
News: 2017-18 Win Totals
News: 2017 Rookie of the Year Odds
Cavs talking contract with Derrick Rose
Wolves, G Wiggins inch closer to deal
Haslem returning to Heat for 15th season
Jazz sign Griffin to two-way contract
Warriors to use personal seat licenses
Crawford picks T-Wolves over top pair
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NBA Pro Basketball Expert Handicapper Sports Picks Records
VegasInsider.com Gold Membership
2016 NBA SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
NeiltheGreek + 3058
Alex Smart + 3019
Stephen Nover + 1413
Last 7 Day Leaders
Handicapper Money
No Games Last 7 Days  
   
   
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Jim Feist 56 %
Alex Smart 55 %
Stephen Nover 55 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Alex Smart + 3478
ASA + 2054
The Gold Sheet + 2021
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
NeiltheGreek + 2873
Bill Marzano + 1936
Paul Bovi + 1015
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 1596
Kevin Rogers + 1511
Gary Bart + 1104
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