For those of you that watch Football of the American kind, here’s an interesting stat from the WSJ — some have called the NFL “triumph of project management over sport”, I call it “the triumph of marketing over sport”. 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.
In other words, if you tally up everything that happens between the time the ball is snapped and the play is whistled dead by the officials, there’s barely enough time to prepare a hard-boiled egg. In fact, the average telecast devotes 56% more time to showing replays…. the ratio of inaction to action is approximately 10 to 1.