At the risk of writing a populist rant that is patently obvious to even the most casual college basketball fans, something needs to be said.
TV timeouts are ruining college basketball.
During a 40 minute game, there are 8 mandatory television timeouts coming at the first stoppage under the 16, 12, 8, and 4 minute mark of each half. Why are there so many TV timeouts in college basketball? Advertisers pay networks. Networks pay the NCAA and its conferences. More timeouts means more commercials means more money for everybody involved. Well, at least everyone but the players.
What, you thought TV timeouts were for the benefit of the student-athlete? Please.
Angst over television timeouts are nothing new. Why, NCAA coaches were expressing frustrations over the breaks in play as far back as the 1960s. And especially during the NCAA Tournament when the commercial breaks are longer and the ad dollars more lucrative, complaints over the number of timeouts rise annually.
To see the impact of television timeouts on a college basketball broadcast, I studied the UCLA-Washington game from last Thursday night that was still on my DVR so I can enjoy the sounds of Bill Walton throughout the offseason.no comments