PBA lessens timeouts, changes goal-tending rule to bring game closer to Fiba style
The PBA competition committee created by Commissioner Willie Marcial includes Norman Black, Yeng Guiao, and Tim Cone as members.

THE PBA showed how important its fans are as well as its support to Gilas Pilipinas after making a few rule changes at the start of the Commissioner’s Cup.

The league reduced teams’ 30-second timeouts in a game from three to just two – one per half. A team that does not use its 30-second timeout in the first half shall lose its right over such in the second half.

In a change in goal-tending rules, the league is now allowing defensive players to tap the board in an attempt to block a shot of an offensive player.

Other illegal acts like pulling the net or grasping the ring, however, shall be called as goal-tending violation.

The third rule change was regarding pulling of jerseys to impede the movement of an opponent, which will only be called as an ordinary foul "unless there is a clear path to the basket (for the offensive player).”  

“(The rule changes were implemented)…with the end view of making our games more exciting and more appealing to the fans and at the same time making our games closer to the Fiba style of play,” the league said in the statement signed by Commissioner Willie Marcial.

The PBA competition committee approved the rule modifications in its meeting last Tuesday.

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