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Athletes who have had rules changed or made based on them...

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by FootballScribe, Sep 4, 2009.

  1. Hey all,

    Working on an enterprise piece about athletes who have "changed the game." Basically, I'm trying to come up with as many athletes as possible who have had a move or done something so unstoppable or tremendous that their respective sport's governing bodies have made changes to slow or stop them.

    For instance, the head slap was outlawed essentially because Deacon Jones had mastered it and nobody could block him. Eventually everyone else started mimicking it and they banned it. Or MLB lowering the mound soon after Bob Gibson posted the 1.12.

    Anyone got anything? Thanks in advance.
  2. Bob Cook

    Bob Cook Active Member

    "The Lew Alcindor Rule" banning dunking in the NCAA.
  3. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    Jerry Jones got the NFL to change the rules this/last week regarding re-starting the clock on punts that hit the scoreboard.
  4. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    This might help

  5. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    Wilt Chamberlain: Baseline passes no longer were allowed to be thrown over the backboard. And free-throw shooters cannot break the plane of the foul line.

    George Mikan: 3-second rule.

    Michael Jordan: Traveling is no longer prohibited. ;D
  6. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Wilt, Russell and Alcindor/Abdul-Jabbar jump to mind.

    The Villanova win over Georgetown got the college shot clock implemented.
  7. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    Obvious, but:

    The MLB All-Star game tie instituted "This time it counts".
  8. Rhody31

    Rhody31 Well-Known Member

    The Tom Brady Rule - defensive players can no longer crawl into quarterbacks and hit them below the knee
  9. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    Jordan Rules.
  10. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    You can jump in the air and nearly kick a guy in the head after winning a big game?
  11. sportschick

    sportschick Active Member

    A really atrocious call against Serena Williams (during her catsuit days) at the U.S. Open led to the challenge system in tennis.
  12. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    The Southwest Conference was responsible for the creation of the "Death Penalty"
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