The Texas Longhorn Band performs on the University of Texas campus prior to the Texas Longhorns game against the West Virginia Mountaineers Nov. 12, 2016 in Austin Texas. PHOTO BY JAMES GREGG/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Big 12 media days takeaway: I’m a big fan of these new halftime rules

Posted July 18th, 2017

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FRISCO — A Big 12 media days takeaway from Tuesday:

Walt Anderson, the Big 12’s supervisor of officials, brought smiles to the faces of sportswriters from Ames down to the 512 when he announced that halftimes will be 20 minutes long across the board this fall.

That should cut down on game times that were 3:24 on average in 2016, which was more than the average MLB game. One thing that makes watching the NFL so enjoyable is the shorter halftimes. The decision to slash intermission will go a long way in keeping the momentum of the game going, and while it may result in visiting bands traveling less, the home fans in the stands will benefit in the long run, as will the viewing public.

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