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Football Games Have 11 Minutes of Action – WSJ.com

January 19, 2010

The only sport I enjoy watching on television is NFL (American professional football). I don’t watch many games because I’m most interested in spending my weekends with my family. When I do watch games I always time-shift with my DVR. Here’s why:

According to a Wall Street Journal study of four recent broadcasts, and similar estimates by researchers, the average amount of time the ball is in play on the field during an NFL game is about 11 minutes.

via Football Games Have 11 Minutes of Action – WSJ.com.

Wow. This is unbelievable. By fast-forwarding I commonly cut a game down to about 45 minutes, but I had know idea actual playing time is only, on average, 11 minutes. No wonder these guys can be enormous and still effective.

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