In an open letter to fans, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made clear he's looking for ways to speed up the game experience with clocks and eliminating a silly post-touchdown commercial break.
Goodell writes, according to Deadspin:
Regarding game timing, we’re going to institute a play clock following the extra point when television does not take a break, and we’re considering instituting a play clock after a touchdown. We’re also going to standardize the starting of the clock after a runner goes out-of-bounds, and standardize halftime lengths in all games, so we return to the action as quickly as possible. Those are just a few of the elements we are working on to improve the pace of our game.
This has Goodell joining Major League Baseball and the NBA seeking ways to expedite their proceedings. The PGA Tour and once-hot-to-trot European Tour, meanwhile have not budged in their stance on pace of play.
New European Tour Commissioner Keith Pelley had shown signs of taking action, but has gone quiet.
New PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan has said he sees no need to expedite the pace of rounds.
Players, on the other hand, do not agree.
Check out the results from SI/Golf.com's player poll:
Is slow play a problem on the PGA Tour?
Loose lips: "It's not as big a deal as people make it out to be."
"Rookies are too slow because they overanalyze everything."
"One million percent YES."
"It's a small problem."
"Only a few guys cause a problem."
Regarding a shot clock, though I'm not sure how it would work. I'm guessing most players don't either, but that didn't stop a majority from voting for one.
Should the PGA Tour institute a shot clock
No comment: 2%
Loose lips: "I'm not opposed."
"No, there are other ways without doing that."
"There have to be other solutions."
"I like the idea, but there has to be something better."
"How about we enforce the current rules instead?"
"No, we just need more common sense. It's silly when a guy takes forever from the middle of the fairway. There needs to be give and take."
"How about we enforce something sometime? And not on a 13-year-old kid at the Masters. What a joke!"
"There is no way that's going to happen."
"Yes, and we need to enforce penalties."
"No, but slow players need to penalized. They're hurting the field."
Society is changing, sport is changing and golf is holding its ground on the length of its already long proceedings. Mind-boggling.