11 Minutes of Action

Wall St Journal:

**11 Minutes of Action **

According to a Wall Street Journal study of four recent broadcasts, and similar estimates by researchers, the average amount of time the ball is in play on the field during an NFL game is about 11 minutes.

In other words, if you tally up everything that happens between the time the ball is snapped and the play is whistled dead by the officials, there’s barely enough time to prepare a hard-boiled egg. In fact, the average telecast devotes 56% more time to showing replays.

So what do the networks do with the other 174 minutes in a typical broadcast? Not surprisingly, commercials take up about an hour. As many as 75 minutes, or about 60% of the total air time, excluding commercials, is spent on shots of players huddling, standing at the line of scrimmage or just generally milling about between snaps. In the four broadcasts The Journal studied, injured players got six more seconds of camera time than celebrating players. While the network announcers showed up on screen for just 30 seconds, shots of the head coaches and referees took up about 7% of the average show.

I don’t follow sports but I can’t say I’m surprised by the 11-minute figure. I feel sorry for the fans (and player!) at the arena who have to wait for commercials to be played before action can be resumed on the field.

I wonder what the “action” ratio is for other sports?

11 minutes is okay. More so then any other sport NFL football is designed to appeal to American TV audiences and their attention span. In effect the 11 minutes of intense action is better then 90 minutes of endurance passing back and forth hoping for an attack on goal. If you count up the plays that really count to an American TV fan a futbol, soccer game has less then 11 minutes of action. The NFL is built to have down times, selling beer is a by product, the down time enhances the game. There is always the danger that too much downtime creeps in but the NFL revises its rules yearly to try to keep the most effective balance.

Baseball on the other hand is a sport that moves at the speed of radio, the descriptions and statistics given by the announcers as pitchers, catchers and coaches decide what kind of pitch and where it would be thrown is made.The fans appreciate the strategy so much that a “perfect game”, a game with arguably no action, is preferred over a game with 10 runs scored which would rate higher on an action index.

In basketball most of the action can be considered filler. Unless the game is close most fans are looking for that 1 in 50 breakaway from the normal shot that their daughter could make. It is that exceptional play that only Kobe Bryant and his physical class of humans can make which draw the thousands of dollars and celebrity fans to the courtside seats.

Watch real football, not American. Than you get 90 minutes of action, with a 15 minute break in between, hardly any stoppage time and no commercials during the play. :slight_smile:

It’s real football if you believe in contact.:smiley:

Is the problem the sport itself or professional baseball? As I said I’m not a sports fan but a few times I’ve watched college baseball and they keep it moving a lot quicker than the pros – maybe the fact they don’t have to take time out to sell shaving cream & beer.

The problem is the sports fan that keeps paying for the high priced tickets, salaries, endorsments. :shrug:

The sport itself arrived before TV and was the American pastime until most people had TVs. It is just the nature of the game in my opinion.

I think lower level games are faster then MLB because the players are not as good. Hitters are more likely to swing then wait for their pitch. Because the pitchers have greater control and larger arsenals of pitches selection becomes more critical and thedy are more likely to waste pitches to set up the next pitch they are confident they can get over. Meanwhile pitchers at lower levels just try to throw strikes and hope the batter is not good enough to hit it. Both factors make the game longer, along with larger teams so in close games managers time for changes is also higher

If you want Real Football, try Aussie Rules, also known as Footy. This game is great. They wear no protection, no pads or helmets, and although they say gridiron hits harder, I’ve seen some ferocious tackles applied in footy. Rocca (ex-footy player now playing gridiron as a specialist kicker) certainly showed he knows how to tackle.

There are no team changes (offense/defence) or time-outs They have 4 players on the bench and 18 on the field.

They only show commercials after a goal and at quarter, half-time and 3/4 time. The game is fast paced and action packed.

Unfortunately, most of the stadiums in the US are not big enough to accomodate the game.

If you want to know more check out footy.com.au/dags/FAQ1v1-5.html

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