Sports Update – The Future Has Arrived!

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The Running Man is one step closer to becoming a reality with the announcement that big changes are in store for netball and basketball – dangerous and exciting changes. I’m a big fan of future sports, so this kind of nonsense gets me fired up, or as Grader would say, it “sends a shiver down my leg”.

First off, Netball. An announcement was made yesterday that a new 6-team competition (called the World Series) is being scheduled for October 2009 in Manchester. The matches will be played in six-minute quarters, with coaches allowed to nominate one quarter in which their team’s goals will be worth 2 points!! Three point shots are also being talked about as an option, but this has not yet been confirmed. Think about it though, 3 pointers in netball… Maria Tutaia would be devastating from beyond the arc. Tied games will be decided in a penalty shoot-out scenario.

The shortened game length, “power play” quarters, shoot-outs, and (potential) 3 pointers are all great ideas and necessary moves to ensure that netball remains a relevant international sport. It’s always been a great game to play, but almost unbearably monotonous from a spectator’s point of view. The lack of variability in the game-play means that a last-quarter comeback (of any significance) is almost never a possibility. Sure, there are plenty of close matches, but a decent lead is rarely overhauled. These rule changes at least allow for the possibility of unpredictability in the closing stages of matches, and for heroic personalities to emerge from within teams. Exciting.

Even more exciting is the clip below. Don’t ask me how this came into my possession, but let me just say I know some powerful people inside David Stern’s office. People that could make like very uncomfortable for the Kobe’s and LBJ’s of this world. This hidden camera footage illustrates the NBA’s desire (desperation) to evolve the sport of basketball into something that is at least remotely watchable – and we all know that Stern has been wanting to tap into the Asian market…

– Justin

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5 responses to “Sports Update – The Future Has Arrived!

  1. Loose=Die, indeed.
    I guess with Fireball out there those guys who poured all their money into http://www.slamball.net will be pretty bummed huh?

  2. Henry

    Two point quarters are ridiculous. That’s when something stops becoming a sport and becomes a game. Two point quarters! What is this – a pub quiz?

  3. David

    I whole heartedly concur with Henry. “Power play” quarters? What’s the bet both teams nominate the fourth quater, thus negating any relevance of this rule change? three pointers? Good idea. Here’s another one – somehow allow players to move with the ball. Maybe through some kind of technique where they bounce the ball on the ground. And players shouldn’t be restricted to zone areas on the court. Oh wait… we already have that game. Netball is like touch rugby, fun to play, fun to watch, but compared to rugby… inferior.

  4. Did someone have a bad game of indoor on Monday? Double-point quarters do seem faintly ridiculous, but they have precedent, in cricket’s power plays, and the free hits after a no ball. And sports have been introducing artificial elements for entertainment value for years like 3 pointers and the 40/20 in league. I think eventually the dust will settle and we’ll get 2 pointers, a la indoor netball, which is all the sport really needs, and ultimately I’m pretty pleased netball, an extremely conservative sport, is trying new things.

  5. David

    Yes, but power plays in cricket have played out to be pretty much arbitrary. From the games I’ve watched, both teams implement it at the same stage of their innings. Yes, netball absolutely needs 2 pointers and it would make a great difference to its watchability , as Justin said, allowing individual heroics to come forth. It doesn’t really need anything else…Maybe the possesion rule after you score could be changed. I was a little harsh on netball, sure, but I guess I was suggesting that you have to accept the limitations you are working with. Maybe netball was never meant to be exciting.

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