NBA Board of Governors Approve Rule Changes for 2018-19 Season

The changes will be implemented at the beginning of the 2018 NBA preseason.


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The NBA has approved several rule changes that will take effect in the 2018-19 pre-season.

The association’s board of governors announced the decision in a press release Friday, about a month after the NBA Competition Committee proposed the alterations that were passed unanimously: The shot clock will be reset to 14 seconds following an offensive rebound; the clear-path foul rule has been simplified; and the hostile act definition has been expanded for purposes of instant replay reviews.

Sources: The NBA’s Board of Governors passed rule changes for season that include: reset of shot clock to 14 seconds after offensive rebound; simplification of clear-path foul rule; expanding definition of "hostile act" for purposes of triggering replay.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 21, 2018

The NBA Board of Governors today unanimously approved rules changes in advance of the 2018-19 season. This includes a simplification of the clear path foul rule. To view examples of the clear path foul rule simplification, see the video below.

— NBA Official (@NBAOfficial) September 21, 2018

Here's a quick breakdown of each rule change, per the NBA's press release:

Shot Clock Reset – The shot clock will reset to 14 seconds in three scenarios: after an offensive rebound of a missed field goal or free throw that hit the rim; after a loose ball foul is called on the defensive team immediately following a missed field goal or free throw that hit the rim; or after the offensive team gets possession of the ball after it goes out of bounds immediately following a missed field goal or free throw that hit the rim.

According to Woj, the NBA Board of Governors also approved an increase in benefits for select staff:

The NBA's Board of Governors also passed an increase in retirement benefits for NBA GM's, coaches, trainers and senior basketball executives, league sources tell ESPN.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 21, 2018

The 2018-19 NBA pre-season will kick off Sept. 28. 

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