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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Baseball games still take too long. Blame the Red Sox.

With beer going for $9.00 a pop, every extra minute increases concession sales. But more money can’t be the cause. Right?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 22, 2014 at 03:21 PM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: red sox, time of game, yankees

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   1. RMc Has Bizarre Ideas to Fix Baseball Posted: April 22, 2014 at 03:54 PM (#4691378)
Already posted (and toasted).
   2. BDC Posted: April 22, 2014 at 04:15 PM (#4691400)
I already blame the Red Sox for global warming, the Obamacare rollout, and Miley Cyrus. One more thing won't hurt.
   3. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: April 22, 2014 at 04:23 PM (#4691405)
If you take out Yankees/Red Sox games, are average game times really going up at all?
   4. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: April 22, 2014 at 04:31 PM (#4691415)
My question that I posted in the other version of this thread;


Does any sport other than baseball routinely track how long it takes to play a game? It doesn't seem like football takes any less time than baseball and even hockey takes about 2:30-2:40 which is not outrageously less than a 3:00 baseball game.
   5. Nasty Nate Posted: April 22, 2014 at 04:32 PM (#4691416)
If you take out Yankees/Red Sox games, are average game times really going up at all?


Probably. The uptick in the article is from 2005 to now, and Yankees/Red Sox games were certainly long back at the start of that time range.
   6. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: April 22, 2014 at 04:47 PM (#4691429)
Probably. The uptick in the article is from 2005 to now, and Yankees/Red Sox games were certainly long back at the start of that time range.


You're probably right, but I do wonder how much of the average increase is due solely to Yankees/Red Sox.

Unrelatedly, it seems interesting that the real pitching Pace offenders are largely closers. I'm not sure I would have predicted that.
   7. BDC Posted: April 22, 2014 at 04:51 PM (#4691434)
I guess game length is less interesting in football because games are shoehorned into TV slots; the only variable is overtime, itself of predictable length in the NFL at least. (But that said, they do keep track of NFL game length and growing times are a concern.)

I've been going to quite a few NFL games in recent years. I like their length. For one thing, they sometimes are absolutely shorter than MLB games. For another, you kind of expect them to be longer. Each one is 1/16 of a season and your major activity for that Sunday afternoon, so 3 1/2 hours given coin toss and replay and cheerleaders and messing around is fine once a week. A baseball game is 1/162 of a season, and you like to be able to go out to them a few nights in a row without destroying your sleep schedule :)
   8. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: April 22, 2014 at 04:51 PM (#4691435)

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