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NBA RULE CHANGE RECOMMENDATIONS -- MORE OFFENSE, PLEASE
Published September 14, 1994
The NBA competition committee voted yesterday to shorten the distance of the three pointer. The change will become final with a 2/3 from the NBA Board of Governors in October (Richard Justice, WASHINGTON POST, 9/14). Other suggestions are aimed at curbing game fights and improving scoring opportunities. Raptors GM Isiah Thomas said new foul rules give "the freedom and creativity to play basketball" (Frank Lawlor, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 9/14). Bryan Burwell notes the players' role in bringing the game "back to its jazzy, aesthetic roots": "Basketball is not supposed to be about rage" (USA TODAY, 9/14). ESPN's Bob Ley: "The rule of baseball seems to be tradition. But this game seems ready to implode, as the NFL and the NBA change the rules of their game to maximize their fan appeal." ESPN's Chris Mortenson noted the positive effect the NFL is experiencing thus far this season after off-season ruile changes: "They juiced up the offense, and there is no question it has had an impact in the first couple of weeks" ("SportsCenter," 9/13).