This morning, the folks at The Basketball Tournament sent out an email detailing plans to mix things up for the 2018 iteration of the event. Last year in play-in games, the tournament implemented the “Elam Ending” which… well, I’ll turn your attention to passages from the email to explain it…
“First implemented during TBT’s play-in round in 2017, the “Elam Ending” – designed by Mensa member and basketball super fan Dr. Nick Elam – eliminates deliberate fouling at the end of games, ensures the final minutes are played at the same pace and flow as the rest of the game, and guarantees every game ends on a made basket. Under the rule, at the first dead ball after the four minute mark in the fourth quarter, the game clock shuts off. A Target Score is set by adding seven to the leading team’s score. The first team to reach the Target Score wins.”
It’s a pretty revolutionary concept, and one that not everyone is going to be a fan of. One person in particular who has already voiced his displeasure is Boeheim’s Army guard and leader Eric Devendorf:
Don’t like it— Eric Devendorf (@edeven23) June 18, 2018
So, are you excited about this change to the game? Or are you skeptical it’ll liven things up, and want a more pure version of basketball?
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