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FIFA TO EXPERIMENT WITH TIME-OUTS ALLOWING FOR MORE TV ADS
Published March 7, 1995
An planned experiment by FIFA to use time-outs may give TV companies the ability to employ "up to five commercial breaks during matches," according to the London DAILY TELEGRAPH. FIFA will test the proposal on time-outs within the next 12 months, either during the under-17 tournament, the under-20 championships, or even the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. However, "reservations remain" that coaches could use a time-out to "alter the flow of a game at a critical moment" (John Ley, London DAILY TELEGRAPH, 3/6). In Hartford, Jerry Tracker notes that the NCAA uses such a rule for televised matches and Brazil's pro league is experimenting with it during this season. "Soccer purists can probably live with this alteration, but the old game really doesn't need it" (HARTFORD COURANT, 3/7).