In a move that should have Reggie Miller salivating, the NBA competition committee last week recommended moving in the three-point arc from 23'9" to 22'0", a rule that will take effect in the 1994-95 season, pending approval from the NBA's board of governors. Here is a look at some other modifications that have changed the geometric face of sports.
Distance from pitcher's mound to home plate increased from 50' to 60'6". An obvious advantage for the hitters.
Key lane in NBA widened from 6' to 12'. Dubbed the Mikan Rule, it was designed to move Minneapolis Laker giant George Mikan farther from the hoop.
Key area widened from 12' to the current standard of 16'. Installed partly to contain Wilt Chamberlain.
Pitcher's mound lowered from 15" to 10". Installed in response to pitchers' domination in the previous season.
Goal post moved to back of end zone. Reduced number of occasions that receiver ran pell-mell into the posts.
NFL kickoff point moved from 40- to 35-yard line in an effort to reduce touchbacks.
NFL kickoff point moved from 35- to 30-yard line (see above).