The Association of Boxing Commissions, at next week's annual meeting will hear a request proposed by NBC Sports to increase the rest time from 60-seconds between rounds to 67 seconds between rounds. The producer of the popular Fight Night Series says that they have to run to 30-second commercials, and there is not enough time to show replay action of exciting rounds or controversial issues in rounds. NBC Sports thinks it will aid the production better, because it won't be rushed.
Opponents say no. Networks have worked well with the traditional 60 Second rest rule throughout commissions and championship federations for years. They claim a "slippery slope argument" that if 7 seconds is added to the break for more commercials, hypothetically, what's next? Reducing rounds from 3:00 to 2:30 to get more advertising?
So far, I would oppose the 67 round rest. Networks running boxing on commercial TV, there is a solution, shorter commercials! (Which most people DVR though on Fast-Forward anyway.)
The feelings among ABC delegates are split. Pros and cons will be discussed at the next meeting: