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FAN Take – Pace of Play

By Cody Alderton

FAN Take is a series that highlights trending events, issues, and decisions in the world of sports and analyzes how they may or may not factor into the Fan Controlled Football League. We would love to hear your feedback, so let us know what you think about each FAN Take!

Do you remember the story of the tortoise and the hare? As humans, we are wired to be the hare, where just about everything we do is accelerated, efficient, and quick. So naturally, we find ourselves wanting to see our sporting events played at the same rapid pace. But let’s also consider the tortoise.

When looking at the NBA and its progression over the last 20 years, we have seen a pretty drastic shift in pace of the game. While some argue that the game was better in the late 90’s & early 00’s, many new age fans think differently. ESPN recently looked into this issue and wrote about it in an article – How the NBA got its groove back.

20 years ago, the NBA was different. Teams ran set plays that were called out by the coach. Players utilized the majority of the 24 second shot clock to maximize their opportunity to get the best shot they could. The style of play was more “rough-and-tumble,” and big men were crucial to the flow of offenses and scoring points. The game was slower and more methodical, but lacked a certain “fun factor.”

Well, what’s more fun than scoring points? Amar’e Stoudemire, Phoenix Suns PF/C who is most notably known for being a participant of the 7 second offense said, “When everyone is scoring and having fun out there, it makes the game so much better. You don’t mind waking up and going to work.” It’s true – we enjoy seeing players score points (so long as it’s our favorite team doing the scoring).

Today’s NBA is an evolution of this concept. Teams are scoring more points per possession and shooting (and making) more 3 pointers than ever before. In fact, the NBA has broken the 3 point record for the sixth year in a row! The hare will score points and captivate the crowd. The tortoise will defend and out-think its opponent. Unlike the story of the tortoise and hare, both of these styles are proven winners, but which would you rather watch?

In the FCFL, we believe a fast-paced game is the way to go. We are planning to eliminating PAT’s and do away with special teams. Do you agree with us? If so, how else can we speed up the pace of the game?

Power To The FANS!

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