Lto ACB will significantly reduce the number of time-outs in the matches of all its competitions, starting this weekend with the Endesa Super Cup and applying to the entire Endesa League and the Copa del Rey.
With the new regulations TV downtime will be minimized, in addition to limiting the maximum possible times in the last five minutes of the second and fourth periods. In this way unnecessary stops in matches already decided will be especially avoided, as provoked by the regulations of past seasons in which there were up to five television timeouts (two of them in the last period).
Time-outs by halves, not by quarters
Another novelty is that the maximum requests per coach is now grouped by halves instead of by quarters, thus substituting a format that ‘forced ‘the technicians to spend their breaks before the end of each quarter so as not to lose them.
With these changes the maximum possible number of dead times per game (without taking extra time into account) is reduced from 15 to 10, and the minimum from five to two.
This is how the regulation of dead times remains:
Each team may request two time-outs in the first half (1st and 2nd quarter), with a maximum of a dead time Awarded by team in the last 4’59 “of the 2nd quarter.
Each team may request three time-outs in the second half (3rd and 4th quarter), with a maximum of two timeouts allowed per team in the last 4’59 “of the 4th quarter.
In the event that no time-out has occurred in the first 15 minutes of the first or second half, there will be a television time-out on the first game interruption that occurs once there are 4’59 “or less remaining for the end of the 2nd quarter or 4th period, respectively.
The first time-out of the first and second half will have a duration of 75 seconds. The rest of the time-outs will last 60 seconds.
Each team may request a time-out in each overtime to occur.