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# Set based scoring for basketball

5 Sets, best 3 out of 5 wins
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Basketball can be very exciting or very dull. Besides the thrill of seeing brilliant plays, the excitement comes in from seeing if the team who is ahead can maintain the lead to the end and from very close finishes where baskets scored in the last minute can decide the game.

In this idea that excitement is multiplied by 5. Divide the game into five periods (or sets) and after each set, reset everything. Score, fouls (Number of allowed fouls would obviously have to be reduced or the game may deteriorate to a slug fest.). Then if a team pulls away by a few points, you have the excitement of seeing if it will last that much sooner. If the gap becomes impossible, no worries, a new period will give the down-team a chance to rebound.

 — Goesta Berling, Jan 27 2005

 I like it, with the proviso that if the clock expires when the score is tied, each period should simply go into immediately sudden-death with no interruption of the action.

 Beyond that, the only difficulty I can see would be that fans would be annoyed if the game was officially decided in the first three periods.

Perhaps one could add a rule that each game lasts a minimum of four periods. If the team that wins the last period wins at least two others, that team wins. Otherwise the game goes into a fifth period. At the end of the fifth period, the team that won three out of five wins UNLESS the other team won both of the last two periods AND scored more baskets during those periods than the other team did in the first three.
 — supercat, Jan 27 2005

What's with all the recent entries designed to give a losing team that has underperformed a second chance? Don't squander the first chance and don't add unecessary rules that already dilute the games.
 — Noexit, Jan 28 2005

 The idea, I think, is to ensure that the game remains interesting for television viewers throughout its entire duration (so as to ensure that they stick around to watch the ads).

The fact that the first team did well during the first part of the game shouldn't be negated, but limitting its significance may help ensure that the balance of the game remains interesting,.
 — supercat, Jan 28 2005

 I am surprised this is being panned. The idea is simply to allow the excitement that comes at the end of a game to come much earlier and many more times. Why have to endure 55 minutes of back-and-forth (yawn!) before getting to those last 5 minutes that are truly exciting? Why not allow that excitement to happen 5 times instead of just once? I think that the only reason Tennis is popular is because there are edge-of-the-seat moments throughout the match. Every game can potentially be exciting because of the way Tennis is scored. I think that can be applied in some other sports where the scoring is high, e.g., basketball.

 I agree with [supercat] that the fans may feel cheated after a three period win. However, haven't you ever turned off the TV or seen people leave a stadium early when the score is lopsided?

[noexit] what's with the sentiment of turning up your nose at new ideas? Isn't that the whole point of the halfbakery? This is hardly a complicated rule compared to many of the other esoteric rules of basketball, e.g. shot clock, technical fouls...
 — Goesta Berling, Jan 28 2005

Goesta: Besides, one could provide that a team which won three periods still had to play at least decently throughout a fourth to avoid a fifth; if they played exceptionally poorly throughout both the fourth and fifth, then they deserve to lose.
 — supercat, Jan 29 2005

You could have a system in the league where you get a set number of points depending on how many sets you won. If you won all five, you could get a bonus point. This would encourage both teams to play their best in the 4th and 5th, even if the immediate outcome is decided.
 — [ sctld ], Jan 29 2005

so it's like having 5 minie games in one? this is some what how volleyball is played right volleyball players?
 — lumpysausage007, Feb 12 2005

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