Money Roundup: 18 Minutes of Action Edition

by Michael on Jul 13, 2013

When I was a kid, I always thought baseball was a painfully boring sport to watch. Not as bad as golf, but not that much better. And now I have an idea why…

According to a recent analysis, the average MLB game spans 2 hours and 58 minutes and has just under 18 minutes of “action” — balls in play, runners running, pitchers pitching, throwers throwing, foul balls, homerun trots, walks, pickoffs, etc.

And if we narrow the definition of “action” to include just those times when everyone on the field is (at least potentially) involved in the play — i.e., balls in play and runners advancing — then we’re down to less than 6 minutes.

Then again, an earlier analysis revealed that NFL games have an average of just 11 minutes of action. Given that I love watching football, maybe my distaste for baseball ran a bit deeper than a general lack of activity.

For the record, I’ve grown to appreciate a good baseball game, though I can still take it or leave it for the most part. Golf? Still not interested. Sorry, golfers…

And now… Here are some articles that caught my eye this past week:

That’s it. I hope you’ve been having a great weekend. 🙂


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