How long were the between inning commercial breaks in the 70s and 80s? This year's playoff games have nearly an hour of commercials just between innings, certainly over an hour when pitching changes come into play. It seems like everyone wants to get the game down to the times of 20-30 years ago, but constantly ignore that there are currently 2 to 3x the commercial time. Just cutting the between inning commercials from 3 minutes to 1 and a half minutes would save almost 30 minutes a game. That would mean the longest ALCS game would have been the only one to break 4 hours and game 5 would have been just about 3hrs on the nose. Add in that 30 years ago they didn't cut to commercial for a pitching change and you would likely have had 2 under 3 hour ALCS games this year, two around 3:15 or 3:20 and only one game over 3:30. Yes the game is a bit slower and a pitch clock would help that, but the #1 culprit is unquestionably commercial breaks.Make the goddamn games go quicker, simple as that. The pitch clock is long overdue, as are changes to eradicate the takeover of the game by relievers. No one pays a ticket to see LOOGYs shuffled in and out. MLB needs to realize the product is people playing baseball, not them not playing baseball. I’d say that goes for people striking out too, 380-400 pitch 9 inning games with 5-6 runs scored is not optimal.
There’s been four World Series games this decade played in under 3 hours. In the 70s and 80s, that was routine. Even in the early 2000s, most World Series games were played in around 3 hours, maybe 3:10. You do that and the East Coast can watch, and people aren’t bored.