[quote=“tundra, post:1, topic:1379”]I was just watching a BigTen12 soccer match between IU and Wisc. on the BTN. At the half hour point of the 2nd half they stopped the match for a TV TIMEOUT! Seems like standard procedure.
It’s the first TV timeout I can remember seeing in any soccer match. I have seem timeouts for safety reasons due to extreme heat.
Does the MSL have TV Timeouts?? [/quote]
tundra, i’m not joking when i say this, but you absolutely are a hero for bringing it up. A real american hero. You speak up for those who do not have the voice to speak up. any rule that stop a soccer game during a match is a breach of the natural law of soccer. there are no timeouts in soccer and only 3 substitutions. a soccer half can only be paused or ended by the referee, the official timekeeper, not television. That is why there are no commercials while a soccer game is underway. America’s TV / media inspired soccer rules are not better than the official soccer rules.
All sports like college football should be closer to a continuous clock like soccer. In the 1990s before mass commercialization college football was more like soccer. there were no TV timeouts and after a punt the offense would run on the field without having to wait 5 minutes. during the world cup, the news was less about who won and more about talk of how instant replay was needed to “fix” the world cup. immediately after the world cup, there were talk of eliminating draws from the world cup. these are unfortunately mostly american ideas. America is a great place with some great smart people. But America is not better than the international rules of soccer, consisting of two 45 minute halves, and if necessary 30 minutes of extra time with no sudden death. golden goal is not better than playing a full 30 minutes. these rules are the international rules. and if any of soccer’s current rules change internationally, it will be the end of soccer as we know it. we have to stop the problem in america before the greedy try to sell it to the rest of the world as better. we’ve seen it happen in american football and in the NBA.