This Is How Much Action Time Is In The Average Football And Baseball Game

We all know that watching Monday Night Football or Sunday Night Baseball takes 3-4 hours for each and every game. But have you ever wondered how much of that time is actual playing time?

Let’s find out.

Well, you will be surprised to know that the amount of action in the average football or baseball game is just… 11 minutes! (the article continues after the ad)

In 2010, two sports writers from the Wall Street Journal, conduced a precise analysis of four football games which revealed that the total actual gameplay in a football match is 10 minutes and 43 seconds, which is about the same for baseball.

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As a result, broadcasters spent huge amount of time focusing on the non-action. Replays, reaction shots, analysis and commercials breaks, make that 11 minutes turn into a 3-4 hours game. In fact, according to WSJ, commercials demand about an hour and a half of airtime, replays take 17 minutes and the rest (shots of cheerleaders, footage of players standing around and coaches yelling) make up an average of 67 minutes.

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