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  •  mind-boggling at my first live pro game. (6+ / 0-)

    you don't see it from home, but when you're at the stadium, the subservience of the game to the commercial schedule of the TV carrier is central.
    I watched offensive drives deprived of their momentum when a flag being thrown or an injury meant going to five minutes of commercials. The players were standing around on the field until  a specific referee (who is there just to coordinate the game for the tv) let them know when the TV had come back to them, so they could resume play. Meanwhile, the defense got an undeserved rest, the defensive coaches had time to review film and make adjustments.
    It was hard to believe these interruptions did not affect the outcome of the game. To most people, that would be considered game fixing. It is much worse during playoff games, where a skewed outcome should be even less tolerated.

    Last full month in which the average daily temperature did not exceed twentieth-century norms: 2/1985 - Harper's Index, 2/2013

    by kamarvt on Sat Feb 01, 2014 at 08:59:23 AM PST

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