Referees Rumors

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“In looking at the data and numerous potential solutions to combat the large increase in deliberate away-from-the-play foul situations, we believe these steps offer the most measured approach,” NBA Executive vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe said. “The introduction of these new rules is designed to curb the increase in such fouls without eliminating the strategy entirely.” Silver said “our projections are that with the rule changes we put in place, we’ll reduce roughly 45% of the incidents of the away-from-the-play fouls right now.”
Teams can still utilize Hack-a-Shaq, but these rules are an initial attempt to reduce the number of times it happens during the season. “I’ve said it before, for example, when Hack-a-Shaq (is) done something like more than roughly ten times a game, it adds about 15 minutes to the length of the game,” Silver said at his NBA Finals news conference. “Not only is that something that is bad for our network partners, but for all of the fan research we have shows that the fans hate it. So there may be a compromise in there where we can cut it down significantly. It still remains an advantage for those teams that don’t have one of those players or, said differently, a disadvantage to those teams.”