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On 8/25/2023 at 12:59 PM, Red Five said:

Not sure where to put this, but this seems like a 2023 catch-all thread


So, here’s what’s changing:


1. The game clock will run after first downs (as it does in the NFL), except for the last two minutes of each half.


2. A team cannot call consecutive timeouts.


3. Untimed downs will only occur, as needed, in the second and fourth quarters. If there is a foul at the end of the first or third quarter, it will carry over into the next quarter.


Two good articles on the clock change and commercials.


Long story short, through 3 weeks:


Through Week 3 in 2023, games involving at least one FBS team are averaging 176.20 plays. Through Week 3 in 2022, the same average was 182.32 plays per game.


Through Week 3 in 2023, games involving at least one FBS team have averaged three hours and 16 minutes. Through Week 3 in 2022, those games averaged three hours and 22 minutes.


Through Week 3 in 2023, FBS games averaged 53.9 total points per game. Through Week 3 in 2022, that number was 56.3.


As for commercials, the number of minutes in commercial is the same as 2022.


But the new clock rules, aimed at shortening the overall game times, have put the commercial breaks in more focus. Plays in the game have been cut down, but commercial breaks have not gone up — though it may seem that way.


“Here’s what I would say to those who say, ‘All you’ve done is put more commercials in the game,’” said Steve Shaw, the NCAA’s national coordinator of officials. “We see that six plays are out, and six minutes are coming off. To me, that’s an indicator that nobody is throwing in extra commercials, and we’re not adding extra time.”


We checked the tape. He’s correct.


Also I learned how many commercial breaks a game normally has from the article:


The Athletic obtained documents outlining commercial formats for all SEC and Big 12 games and certain Big Ten games. They vary slightly from conference to conference, and even between each conference’s network partner, but they look fairly similar. They’re either “3-4-3-4” — three breaks in the first and third quarters, four in the second and fourth quarters — or “4-4-4-4,” plus breaks at the end of the first and third quarters.


However, there is one wrinkle that could make a game feel longer to the viewer, even though, technically, it is not. Some but not all conferences allow networks to run extra “30-second floaters” during a natural break in the action (an injury, a 30-second timeout, etc.), but the red hat cannot request the referee to stop the game for it. The producer takes the risk that the broadcast won’t miss a snap.


Fox, for example, used three of these floaters in its season-opening Colorado-TCU game. The Big 12, which has shorter breaks throughout the game, allows it. The Big Ten, which has longer breaks between quarters, does not.



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