Changing the Game: 5 Rule changes the NBA must consider

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As seems to be the theme every time the offseason rolls around nowadays, the NBA modified a couple of its rules this past summer. While it can be annoying and difficult to keep up with the rule changes over the years, change is good, and there’s always room for improvement.

What may seem like minor tweaks at the time can significantly impact player safety, fan engagement, happiness, and the overall quality of the product. With that in mind, let’s explore five changes the NBA needs to consider making this offseason.

5) Expand All-Star team rosters

Every season as All-Star Weekend approaches and rosters for the All-Star game are solidified, there’s major public outcry and a litany of articles complaining about who was snubbed from the All-Star game.

Yes, fans should vote more if they want to see their favorite players in the showcase, but the bigger issue is that all-star rosters have been the same size since there were only 14 NBA teams and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was still going by Lew Alcindor.

For years, many have been calling for the NBA to expand the number of All-Star roster spots, which would ease complaints and add a spark to the exhibition game. Despite this, the All-Star teams likely won't see a significant expansion any time soon.

During this year's NBA All-Star Weekend, Adam Silver stated there aren't any plans to expand the rosters. With ratings down and so much public backlash about the All-Star game and All-Star Weekend overall, Silver may want to reconsider.

Yes, it will be difficult to find significant playing time for the extra players if there are additional All-Star spots. Still, more players most likely means more teams represented, thus more fan engagement and a likely increase in TV ratings and revenue.