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10-31-2012, 08:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Mayor Bee View Post
I can guarantee you that a competitor to MLB would achieve one of the two standard goals.

1) Absorption of at least two teams, if the league is successful, and
2) Changes in the way that MLB reacts to common-sense adjustments

I've long been of the opinion that cutting down on the amount of time allowed between pitches, combined with forbidding hitters from calling time or stepping out of the batters box once his at-bat starts, would shave anywhere from 40-60 minutes off the time of every game. The most common complaint with baseball is that it features not just down time, but wasted time. It would be like changing football to a game without a game clock but keeping a play clock, and then allowing unlimited timeouts (each of which resets the play clock).
This is a good analogy. How much more fun would basketball be to watch if the final two minutes of the game didn't take 25 minutes to play. I'm speaking mostly of college basketball and I think there are way too many timeouts per half.

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