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In a day and age when people’s attention spans are getting shorter and shorter, it seems like every league has talked lately about the length of games and ways to shorten them.
While the story on the length of games has been discussed it seems like forever in Major League Baseball, you often don’t hear much about it in the NBA, though a report today in Forbes says games in the Association are in fact longer this season.
If you look at the numbers released in the report, games in the NBA are close to three minutes longer for 48 minute affairs, while overtime games are just over two minutes longer.
It’s not a massive increase by any means, but maybe the most interesting part of the report is that the league really doesn’t seem to have any issues or is going to make any strides to change it at all.
The report states that the NBA is more concerned about “game flow than adding a little bit of time to its games so far this season.”
Games so far this season are (again 48 minutes of game play) are going two hours, 14 minutes and 39 seconds. That’s up from two hours, 11 minutes and 19 seconds from last year.
Oddly enough, just two seasons ago, games were at two hours, 18 minutes and 19 seconds, so basically about the length of your average Hallmark Christmas movie (or it just seems that way).
The overtime games so far this year are going on average of two hours, 13 minutes and 26 seconds, up from last year, which stood at two hours, 11 minutes and 16 seconds.
The report posted today says that part of the small increase in time could have to do with with the new enforcement of the freedom of motion rules, which has led to more fouls being called overall.
The amount of fouls called this season is up an average of four fouls per game from where they were a season ago. So the numbers don’t lie, and it’s not a huge increase by any means, but one that will be interesting to watch as the season progresses.