LAMM AT LARGE: Are games too long?

LAMM AT LARGE: Are games too long?

By: David Lamm

I’ve always been puzzled why so many fans whine about the length of the games we watch for entertainment.

I understand the media complaining. They’re being selfish because of the deadlines they face, but does it really matter to fans that a baseball game lasts 3:09 instead of 2:55? The pace of play is what it is. That’s baseball, the only team sports without a clock. Either you like it or you don’t.

Does it really matter to basketball fans the last two minutes take 20 minutes of real time? That means you’re watching a close game.

So what if a college football game goes four hours. Most fans I know can’t wait for the next game.

Admittedly, it’s the TV executives who complain the loudest about NFL games that run long. They want those Sunday afternoon doubleheaders to fit in that 4:15 window. Otherwise, it screws up program scheduling for the rest of the day.

I do understand golfers, not golf viewers, who complain about slow play. What’s worse than spending 5-10 minutes on every tee box?

In conclusion, I’ve always lived by the notion that no great game is too long and no bad game is short enough. That’s true of all entertainment.

The Transfer Portal

I’m loving all of this transferring college athletes are doing. It simply peels back one more layer of the hypocrisy about big-time college sports.

If we ever figure a way to compensate athletes in the major sports, then the truth shall be set free.

The days of referring to student-athletes should have died years ago. Talk of academics has been laughable for years. If an athlete can’t get in school, then that’s one ignorant young person. (Before you start screaming at me, look up the meaning of the word ignorant.) Good character means not having been convicted of a crime and jail time.

Ever since the building of massive stadiums, the super-rich TV deals and multi-million-dollar coaches’ contracts, big-time college sports have been far closer to being professional than amateur.

Now, it’s out in the open. If an athlete isn’t happy with his first choice, he simply goes elsewhere.
It’s all about playing the game, not getting an education. That shouldn’t surprise anyone.