NBA Reportedly Bans Midcourt Sideline TV Cameras: Latest Details, Reaction

January 30th, 2016 by Danny Webster Leave a reply »

The NBA has banned all midcourt sideline television cameras in order to enhance player and official safety, according to's Brian Windhorst.

The changes are effective immediately and came after official Scott Wall tripped over a cameraman during a Jan. 21 game between the Denver Nuggets and Memphis Grizzlies.

Finding a resolution for cameramen and NBA players has been discussed for a while, but the issue heightened in 2014, when Indiana Pacers star Paul George broke his right leg during a Team USA exhibition game in Las Vegas.

On Aug. 16, 2014, via Yahoo Sports, former NBA president of operations Rod Thorn told Brian Mahoney of the Associated Press that the league had discussed adjustments along the baseline long before George's injury:

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. Many of the incidents of contact between players and photographers are around the basket area, so we felt it made sense to increase t ...

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