TBT's Jamboree to Feature Elam Ending


By: Patrick Ronan | @pk_ronan

Nick Elam seems to have his hand in a bit of everything. On top of being a middle school principal, Elam is a member of the prestigious high IQ Mensa society and even acts as a groundskeeper for the Cincinnati Reds. Now, Elam is about to revolutionize the last few minutes of basketball games, which can seem to drag on forever. 

So what’s Elam’s solution to those dreaded last 20 seconds that seem to last 20 minutes on TV?

Turning off the clock.

For the last 10 years, Elam has been pitching his idea to anyone and everyone who will listen. In the last three years alone, he’s personally charted the end of close to 1,000 NCAA and over 300 NBA games. In those games, Elam calculated that trailing teams came back to win roughly 1% of the time even though deliberate fouling occurs more than 40% of the time.

Zach Lowe wrote about it today on ESPN.com and the responses from NBA executives ranged from intrigue to excitement. 

Responses today from league officials and team higher-ups tend to follow the same pattern. As you explain that you've heard about another solution to what seems an intractable problem, you can see the eyes begin to roll: "Oh, great. Another wackadoo idea." But when you detail Elam's proposal, they stop in their tracks, pause, and say something like: "You know what? That's not bad."

"You know what?" Kiki Vandeweghe, the NBA's executive vice president of basketball operations, remarked to ESPN.com this week. "That is really interesting. Honestly, that is a really creative idea."

To read the full article on the “Elam Ending” by ESPN’s Zach Lowe, click here

And you'll get to see the Elam Ending in TBT's Jamboree, June 17-18 in Philadelphia.