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Poll: Should The NHL Increase The Length Of Intermissions? (50 member(s) have cast votes)

Should the NHL increase the length of period intermissions?

  1. Yes. (2 votes [4.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.00%

  2. No. (45 votes [90.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 90.00%

  3. Don't care. (3 votes [6.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.00%

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#1 theminister

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 03:39 PM

This is a simple poll to gauge the opinions of CDC users regarding the length of NHL intermissions.

Currently, the standard NHL intermission is 17 minutes in length as outlined in the Official Rules.

http://www.nhl.com/i...ge.htm?id=26322

34.2 Intermissions - For the purpose of keeping the spectators informed as to the time remaining during intermissions, the Game Timekeeper will use the electronic clock to record the length of intermissions. The clock will start for the intermission immediately at the conclusion of the period.

Intermissions are seventeen minutes (17:00) in length, unless otherwise notified. If there are unusual delays for any reason, (e.g. altercation, building, ice, or ice resurfacing problems) it is important to use discretion in starting the clock.


There could be several positive benefits for increasing the length of period breaks both for the league itself and for the fans, say for another 3 minutes to an even 20.

For the NHL and member teams it would allow them to potentially generate more revenue through concession sales and TV advertising time.

For the fans in the arena it would allow them more time to buy their concessions or visit the restroom and provide them more time to return to their seats for the start of the period. As we can see from experience at Roger's Arena it is difficult, due to long lines and a packed concourse, to both relieve yourself and purchase snacks during a single break.

What are CDC's thoughts on this topic and how would it affect you?
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Posted 16 February 2013 - 03:43 PM

Wasn't it just increased during this last CBA?
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Posted 16 February 2013 - 03:44 PM

Dear lord no, for 7pm games I don't get out of the building till around 9:50 then 15 min to get out of the city and 30 back to Langley.

Just fine the way it is.
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Posted 16 February 2013 - 03:49 PM

Dear lord no, for 7pm games I don't get out of the building till around 9:50 then 15 min to get out of the city and 30 back to Langley.

Just fine the way it is.



You would still be home before 11pm..... really not that bad.
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Posted 16 February 2013 - 03:50 PM

TV companies won't like it. For one, it pushes back their 9:30/10pm programming; another reason lies in potential OT/shootout scenarios where it then gets even more unpredictable.
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Posted 16 February 2013 - 03:50 PM

No. Useless, I dont want to wait around.
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Posted 16 February 2013 - 03:52 PM

You would still be home before 11pm..... really not that bad.

Yeah but then your adrenalin is still running high from the game, then shower, etc etc asleep around 12..

Just my way of saying would rather have smaller or the same length of intermissions.
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Posted 16 February 2013 - 03:52 PM

It used to be 20,now its 17, now they want it to be 20 again?
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Posted 16 February 2013 - 03:53 PM

Wasn't it just increased during this last CBA?


I found this article.

http://bloguin.com/p...ute-longer.html

The new NHL collective bargaining agreement contains several noteworthy and interesting pieces of information. Some of the most interesting tidbits include random drug testing for players during the season, playoffs and off-season as well as the fact that players will be entitled to their own hotel room on the road as soon as they sign their second contract.

Aside from those and numerous other interesting CBA facts, the one that you may notice the most involves intermission. You'll now have an extra minute to go grab another beer between periods...or another minute of commercials to suffer through.

Adding a minute to the intermission might not sound like a big deal but it has a larger impact than you might imagine. Currently, the NHL intermission is 17 minutes. Beginning in 2013, intermissions will now last 18 minutes.

In addition, any activities that take place on the ice during the intermission - youth games, sledding and all other mascot craziness - will now be reduced from five minutes to four. Sorry kids - one minute of your time on the ice was a casualty of the lockout.

The belief is that by adding a minute to the intermission and by removing a minute from the activities on the ice, we'll see a significant improvement in the quality of the ice surface. The ice will have a bit longer to set and harden which will hopefully allow for a cleaner, safer surface for the players and thus improving the overall quality of the game.

However, let's not forget that a longer intermission also has its drawbacks. While you will be able to slow your sprint to a light jog when you're trying to hit up the bathroom or grab another order of nachos during intermission, if you're watching at home you'll be subjected to more commercials during that extra minute between periods.


Edited by theminister, 16 February 2013 - 03:53 PM.

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 03:55 PM

NO.

And don't you dare give them any ideas.
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Posted 16 February 2013 - 04:02 PM

I found this article.

http://bloguin.com/p...ute-longer.html


I didn't realize it was only one more minute.

I am fine with it - as I usually PVR games, and then fast forward... and when I am at the game, I am in no rush to get home... so an extra 6 minutes isn't really something to worry about.

As you said, it would allow more revenue generation through concessions sales, and commercials.

Edited by Squeak, 16 February 2013 - 04:16 PM.

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 04:05 PM

So we'd miss another 6 min of our televised game if and earlier game goes late? No thanks.
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Posted 16 February 2013 - 04:09 PM

I didn't realize it was only one more minute.

I am fine with it - as I usually PVR games, and then fast forward... and when I am at the game, I am in no rush to get home... so an extra 9 minutes isn't really something to worry about.

As you said, it would allow more revenue generation through concessions sales, and commercials.


Actually it would only be 6 minutes (for two intermissions plus a potential for 1 minute more before OT).

I am quite surprised that people would find this so strongly inconveniencing. Interesting.
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Posted 16 February 2013 - 04:16 PM

Actually it would only be 6 minutes (for two intermissions plus a potential for 1 minute more before OT).

I am quite surprised that people would find this so strongly inconveniencing. Interesting.


haha - my bad.
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Posted 16 February 2013 - 04:17 PM

It used to be 20,now its 17, now they want it to be 20 again?


Who the heck are 'They?'

This is simply me asking a question.
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Posted 16 February 2013 - 04:18 PM

What a great idea; maybe we could have 4 hour long games. Oh well at least if would give people like Shorty and Garrett more time to complain about the officiating etc.
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Posted 16 February 2013 - 04:38 PM

Hell NO.
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Posted 16 February 2013 - 04:40 PM

Simply no, sometimes it feels forever for an intermission to end.
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Posted 16 February 2013 - 04:42 PM

I watch every game from my pc, and the intermission is the worst part of the game for me. Even if I watched it in the arenas, I would rather the 17 minutes, wouldn't botter 15.
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Posted 16 February 2013 - 04:56 PM

Make it shorter, and cut out the break between 3rd period and OT. No break at all. Just keep playing until the next whistle and then make it 4 on 4. I think the breaks are too long to begin with. 15 min should be maximum. 10 minutes would be ideal.
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Posted 16 February 2013 - 05:00 PM

Make it shorter, and cut out the break between 3rd period and OT. No break at all. Just keep playing until the next whistle and then make it 4 on 4. I think the breaks are too long to begin with. 15 min should be maximum. 10 minutes would be ideal.



How does keeping the play going make sense at all.
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Posted 16 February 2013 - 05:25 PM

By all means...

Six solid hours of hockey coverage every Saturday isn't nearly enough. Besides, I simply can't get enough of Kevin Weeks' scintillating insight....
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Posted 16 February 2013 - 08:53 PM

How does keeping the play going make sense at all.

It doesn't, hahaha. But, neither does lengthening the intermissions.
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Posted 16 February 2013 - 08:56 PM

People have other commitments, so I suggest the intermission length be set at default(17 minutes).
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Posted 16 February 2013 - 09:16 PM

Just what we need. More political commercials slamming the opposition leader, and propaganda from the provincial government saying what a wonderful job they are doing.

More Kevin Weekes.
More Iain MacIntyre,

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 09:34 PM

The points about the ice surface make sense actually. The puck has been no different than a tennis ball in games all over the NHL lately.
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Posted 16 February 2013 - 11:11 PM

wow i always assumed it was 20min... but never paid attention. but have never been to a NHL game.. only WHL and i am pretty sure they are 20 min? oh well.learn something new every day.
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Posted 16 February 2013 - 11:32 PM

...due to long lines and a packed concourse, to both relieve yourself and purchase snacks during a single break....

There's a reason I always bring an empty cup to the beer lineup...
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Posted 17 February 2013 - 03:22 AM

It was better when it was 20 I remember it like that back in the Pacific Coliseum days, more time to buy food and drinks go to the washroom, and even take a look in the gift shop!
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Posted 17 February 2013 - 09:38 AM

Sure. Why not? It's only six minutes. More revenue for clubs generated through TV ads and arena ads. More revenue through concessions and Canuck's Store. It's a no brainer, if you ask me.
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