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Eliminate The Personal Foul Limit From Basketball

Published by on April 30, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA

Every few years, somebody makes the very rational suggestion of eliminating the personal foul limit in basketball. Critics inevitably complain that this will lead to more fouling, a more physical game, more injuries, etc. These critics are idiots.

There are many other ways to discourage fouling without throwing players out of the game. The most obvious is to escalate the penalties for fouls, as is done (to a lesser extent) today. For example, you can increase the number of foul shots, give the fouled team shots and possession, make the points automatic (like goal-tending), and so on. Moreover, you can condition penalties on the violence of a foul (as they do on occasion today).

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