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THE FREEDOM TO INNOVATE
The-Ball’s NEW GAME RULES

The game of basketball has been evolving ever since Dr. Naismith first mounted those legendary peach baskets. Most would agree that the evolution has been for the better. When the game was first invented, dribbling wasn’t allowed. Players could only pass or shoot from a stationary position on the court. There was no shot clock. And it wasn’t until the forward-thinking upstart ABA came along in the late 1960s that slam dunks became a legal way to score. It was also the ABA that first added the 3-point shot, a rule that was resisted by the NBA and the NCAA for years. These days, it’s hard to imagine watching a basketball game in which players can’t dunk or shoot “the three.”

As a long-time hoops junkie, the founder of The-BALL has come to recognize certain elements of the current game that could be further enhanced through innovation. He believes there are long-standing rules like the foul shot that could use some tuning up. In some cases, The-BALL actually aims to turn back some of the evolution that has occurred, where it has detracted from the game (excessive fouls and play stoppages, for example).

Since The-BALL is creating an independent new league, it has a golden opportunity to re-think some of the game’s rules and implement changes right out of the gate. The-BALL management will carefully evaluate all of the new rules during its showcase games in Summer 2013, with the help of veteran NCAA coaches and officials. If The-BALL concludes that certain rules aren’t working, they will be adjusted before Opening Day 2014.

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