Why can’t you keep an NBA basketball that goes into the crowd?

Why can’t you keep an NBA basketball that goes into the crowd?

We have all seen the delight of a fan at a Major League Baseball game when they catch a home run, a piece of sports history at times quite literally falling into their laps.

Have you ever wondered why we never see that when the ball goes hurtling into the crowd during a Boston Celtics (or any NBA) game?

It is not because the league is cheap and is trying to save costs by refusing to let fans have a souvenir that costs less than most tickets. It is because the sport has peculiar requirements for the balls used that separate them from a baseball in comparison.

If you are confused by what we are getting at, check out the clip embedded below to hear the reason taking home an out-of-bounds ball at NBA games just isn’t going to become a thing any time soon.

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Story originally appeared on Celtics Wire