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Interesting study of "live action" in sports

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Sport Clock Duration Amt of Action % of Action Amt of Commercial Time Est # of 30-second commercials # of commercials/hour

Baseball 2hrs 56mins 17mins, 58secs 10.21% 42.68 85 29

Football 3hrs 10mins 11mins 5.79% 75 150 47

Soccer 1hr 55mins 57.6mins 50.09% 19 38 20

Basketball 2hrs 18mins 48mins 34.78% 45 90 39

Hockey 2hrs 20mins 60mins 42.86% 30 60 26

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Nothing beats the NFL.

 

Touchdown

Commercial

Kickoff Touchback (no action)

Commercial

One play - end of quarter

Commercial

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It makes the argument that baseball is too slow seem weak and unnecessary.

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The difference with football is that when you watch it on TV, the broadcast is constantly showing you something. There's a play, then they show you the replay with an explanation of what happened, and then they show a shot of the crowd or the players on the sidelines while the commentators discuss a topic or a stat they put up on the screen. Baseball on the other hand has the center field camera on the pitcher's back and the batter for at least half the broadcast so people get the impression that there is less happening. When you go to live football games you really notice - there is a lot of standing around. Soccer and hockey are almost nonstop action, when they have breaks in action it's only for a few seconds.

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I mean, the reality is the "action" of pitcher throwing to catcher is also a part of what critics say with "nothing is happening.

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QUOTE (LittleHurt05 @ May 24, 2016 -> 07:57 AM)
Nothing beats the NFL.

 

Touchdown

Commercial

Kickoff Touchback (no action)

Commercial

One play - end of quarter

Commercial

 

And you wonder why it's the biggest money maker.

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QUOTE (Tex @ May 24, 2016 -> 09:56 AM)
It makes the argument that baseball is too slow seem weak and unnecessary.

Innings are not a finite length and the pace is still not fast enough.

 

The NFL commercials are ridiculous, but once the clock runs, it runs. NFL games are super short.

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QUOTE (chw42 @ May 24, 2016 -> 01:35 PM)
And you wonder why it's the biggest money maker.

It was the first made for TV sport.

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QUOTE (bmags @ May 24, 2016 -> 10:15 AM)
I mean, the reality is the "action" of pitcher throwing to catcher is also a part of what critics say with "nothing is happening.

This is definitely a huge part of it.

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QUOTE (Harry Chappas @ May 24, 2016 -> 04:20 PM)
Soccer does not seem right.

 

That is 90 minuets and the stoppage for fouls and injury is not 50% of the time.

Every time the keeper has the ball, play stops. Every time the ball goes out of bounds, play stops (corners and goal kicks even longer). There's a ton of stopping in soccer and even more inaction.

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QUOTE (Steve9347 @ May 25, 2016 -> 07:40 AM)
"action"

 

 

Criticisms of soccer straight out of the 1980s are super-cool.

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