As a fan of sports in general, I feel as if I speak for all of us when I say that the officials and rule deciders could improve in certain areas. Did I sugarcoat that enough? Okay good.
For as long as I can remember there have been debates regarding certain controversial rules in sports. I want to bring a few rule changes, as well as entirely new ones, that would positively impact the fan experience, as well as improve the game itself.
The National Basketball Association receives its fair share of criticisms for its interpretation of certain fundamental rules of basketball (travels, most notably). My biggest gripe with the NBA is that it is a drama based television program disguised as a basketball league, but I digress. Flopping has become part of the game just as much as crossovers and box-outs, but I for one, am sick of it. I hate it, I absolutely, entirely abhor flopping with my whole heart.
Rule change suggestion: Any action deemed a ‘flop’ is a personal foul on the flopper, results in a turnover.
I’m not gonna touch the overtime rules because that’s too easy right now. Therefore, please get rid of the bodyweight rule on hitting quarterbacks. That is all.
Rule change suggestion: Don’t ask 250+-pound men to do anatomically impossible feats of body control and strength.
Major League Baseball has teased some big rule changes as of late, but the only one that I believe has any real weight to carry is giving the National League a Designated Hitter. I think this is a no brainer that people that don’t ever practice hitting shouldn’t have to hit. I’m sure the baseball purists (or as I call them, “fun-suckers”), will berate this suggestion, but I think it’s time for a change.
Rule change suggestion: Bring the DH to the NL.
Some other no brainers for me:
Give college basketball players 6 fouls, and make it 4 quarters instead of 2 halves.
Give college football players the ability to get up if they weren’t touched.