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Sports Notebook: Show the time

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It’s tradition and part of the game and all, but that extra time added to the end of each half in soccer matches also is a big annoyance to some.

With all the technology now available, why can’t the exact time be kept and shown on the scoreboard at all junctures of a contest?

Sometimes, what happens is a game clock will read 0:00, but the soccer action continues because of the extra time that only the referee keeps on his watch. Or the clock stops and holds at 2:00 while the added time continues.

Extra time is defined as minutes or seconds kept by the game referee and is intended to make up for any pauses that occur during a match. Fine. If there is a pause, stop the clock right away, then if necessary, immediately add any pause time back to the official game clock – like is done in all other sports – for all to see. Why the mystery, and guessing game at the end of each half regarding the amount of time remaining?

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With these sophisticated smart scoreboards these days, soccer should move beyond that secret-time tradition and show the exact amount of time at all times.

– Dave Facinoli

dfacinoli@sungazette.net

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