How Boring Has the NFL Become? There’s Only 11 Minutes of Action in Any Given Game

by 8 years ago

[inline:nfl]So says this article from the Wall Street Journal. They studied games from throughout the season and discovered that, on average, each two-hour game (minus commercials) typically includes 67 minutes of players standing around, 17 minutes of replays, 11 minutes of actual play, and 3 seconds of cheerleaders.

For example, this really cool graph shows how much was spent showing the following things during a Falcons-Bills game on CBS:

Total Time (not including commercials): 1 hour, 57 minutes

Standing around: 1 hour, 9 minutes, 40 seconds

Replays: 14 minutes, 21 seconds

Playing time: 11 minutes, 25 seconds

Coach shots: 6 minutes, 17 seconds

Sideline player shots: 4 minutes

Referee shots: 3 minutes, 39 seconds

Advertisement: 1 minute, 40 seconds

Injury shots: 1 minute, 32 seconds

Other games: 1 minute, 10 seconds

Misc. highlights: 46 seconds

Kicker warming up: 40 seconds

Players celebrating: 37 seconds

Crowd shots: 19 seconds

Owner booth shot: 15 seconds

Announcer shot: 15 seconds

Booth coach shot: 11 seconds

Cheerleaders: 7 seconds

Aerial shots: 0 seconds

Sideline reporters: 0 seconds “


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