Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Time to Take Action on Length of Games

Face it, the day of the three-hour game is gone, and some fans are taking drastic measures to stay awake through one game, let alone a full day of viewing. In 2005, the average length was 3 hours, 21 minutes. Bowl games lasted even longer, averaging 3:45, headed by the 4:45 three-overtime marathon in the Orange Bowl. Many critics point to instant replay as the demon, but there are several factors. And with 12-game schedules coming in 2006, that adds up to a lot of football. It's clearly a problem, so what can be done? Officials have five proposals, and none of them seem all that grand to the Wiz except for one: shorten halftime (registration).

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