Jan 15, 2010, 7:45 PM EDT
Of course anyone with TiVo already knows this; ever watch an NFL game you’ve recorded, and discovered that almost all of your time is spent fast-forwarding? That’s because — as the Wall Street Journal pointed out today with release of a study in their online edition — there is apparently only 11 minutes of actual football action contained in a typical three-hour NFL broadcast (even less if you’re a Rams fan). They added up all the time from the hike of the ball until the play is whistled dead, and got 11 minutes.
That snickering you hear in the background is from soccer and rugby fans.
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.
You may argue that baseball has even more standing-around time, but at least in that sport you’re usually still involved in the strategy of the game. In basketball there’s plenty of standing around, but technically you’re still playing; it’s just that you’re a Detroit Piston, and not much movement is required. Of all the team sports, football is unique in that it doesn’t take much movement at all to accomplish your goals. Case in point.
But the WSJ didn’t factor in time for:
* Dancing, preening, pointing to the sky over the smallest of achievements.
* Watching a punt roll slowly to a stop at the 15-yard-line.
* Head-scratching over Cris Collinsworth anecdotes.
* Bud Adams giving the finger.
* Erin Andrews oogling.
* Hochuli gun show.
11 minutes of action [Wall Street Journal]
- So long folks, it’s time for me to take off 18
- Man wins full marathon while pushing his daughter in a baby stroller (video) 14
- Lock and load, it’s youth baseball fundraising time: league raffling off AR-15 rifle (video) 8
- Sim Bhullar is a large basketball player, and I mean it. Anybody want a peanut? 0
- What’s with kids and all these death-defying stunts? 674
- Nothing to see here…just a 70-yard field goal by a high-schooler (video) 3
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