FIBA to move back 3-point line, change key's shape in 2010

BEIJING -- International basketball is going to look more like the NBA after two major rule changes take effect.

The 3-point line will move back and the three-second area will change shape starting in 2010, the sport's world governing body announced Saturday.

After Oct. 1, 2010, FIBA will begin using the new rules for major events such as the Olympics and world and continental championships.

The 3-point line will move from 20 feet, 6.1 inches to 22 feet, 1.7 inches. The NBA line is 23-9.

FIBA general secretary Patrick Baumann said it was likely FIBA would move toward the NBA distance in the next 10 years.

FIBA also will reconfigure the three-second area to match the NBA shape, going from a trapezoid to a rectangle.