Imagine a world where late game fouling is a thing of the past. A world where a game doesn’t take 30 minutes to finalize a 9 point lead with 15 seconds left on the clock. Enter the Elam Ending. What is it you ask? Well per thebasketballtournament.com, the Elam Ending “calls for the game clock to be shut off at the first dead ball under four minutes in the fourth quarter or second half. A target score is then established by adding eight points to the leading team’s score.”
For example, if the score is 60-52 at that under-4 dead ball then the target score would be set at 68 and whoever hits that mark first is declared the winner. Worrying about fouling becomes a thing of the past and teams can instead focuses on getting stops and grinding towards the target score.
It has succeeded in the annual summer cash tournament, The Basketball Tournament aka TBT, where fans have embraced it and enjoyed every game ending on a made basket.
— TBT (@thetournament) July 10, 2020
On top of all that, yesterday marked the third consecutive NBA All-Star Game where the Elam Ending has been used to declare a winner.
One Ball State professor will see his alternate scoring system used in a 3rd straight #NBA All-Star game this weekend.
— IndyStarSports (@IndyStarSports) February 19, 2022
— NBA (@NBA) February 21, 2022
So what’s next for the Elam Ending? Would you like to see it implemented for the end of every basketball game? Maybe that happens some day but for now we can enjoy it during TBT and every year at the NBA All-Star Game.
That doesn’t mean we can’t dream about the future and learn more about this innovative format while we are at it.
To do so, The Dan Dakich Show had Elam Ending inventor and Ball State professor Nick Elam join the show to share how he’s felt about its implementation and what he wants to see out of his invention moving forward.
Check out the full conversation with Nick below and don’t miss The Dan Dakich Show, weekdays 12-3pm, on 93.5 and 107.5 The Fan.