NBA to introduce new rules to make baselines safer

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The NBA is introducing new regulations that will allow for an extra foot of open space on both sides of the basketball stanchion.  The league is also reducing the number camera positions to 20, down from 24 last season and 40 during the 2010-11 regular season.  

"We have been studying this issue consistently over the last four years and these are just the latest adjustments to make the baselines an even safer area for our players, our team attendants and the photographers,"  President of Operations Rod Thorn said. "Many of the incidents of contact between players and photographers are around the basket area, so we felt it made sense to increase the open area between the baskets and the first photographer to four feet."

"We will continue to examine this to ensure the safety of our players while at the same time allowing for the networks and media to properly capture images from our games," Thorn said. "We feel we have balanced those needs very well but will continue to review our processes throughout the season."

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