At a glance: Take a shot

By From page B2 | October 30, 2013

Escabar_MimiThe 24-second shot clock made its debut in the National Basketball Association on Oct. 30, 1954. This was viewed as a very important event for pro basketball. The game had become very dull or a foul fest depending on several scenarios. If one team got a big lead, it would just hold onto to the ball not giving the other team a chance or a team would start fouling making for games where free throws out numbered baskets. Either way the fans found the game dull. A guy named Danny Biasone came up with the idea of a shot clock forcing the action and it worked. A team got 24 seconds to shoot or lose the ball. To cut done on the excessive fouling the Board of Governors of the NBA limited the number of fouls per team per quarter, with each foul becoming a shooting foul after the limit was reached. The two rules are still working today. Maybe there should be a clock on the government to so it will work or take a page from hockey and initiate a plenty box.

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