Pie Chart: NFL’s 11 Minutes of Gameplay

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The ball’s in play for just 11 minutes per game!

In case you missed it, a couple of years ago the Wall Street Journal performed a study of televised NFL games that yielded surprising results. It found that the ball is in play for only 11 minutes on average per game. The rest of the broadcast is taken up by crowd shots, commercials, replays and other nonplay content.

SportsGrid.com recently broke down the Journal’s results into this nifty pie chart.

The site likens the pie chart to a pizza, with game action representing just half a slice, and concludes: “Apparently football is not like pizza, because if someone brought you a tasty pie every Sunday but you couldn’t even eat half a slice, I think you’d tell that person to f**k off.”

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