Originally Posted by homcom
TV timeouts in college basketball are 2 minutes each at the under 16, 12 , 8, and 4 minutes marks each half. The first called timeout of the second half by either team is also a TV timeout. Any other commercials taken during other called timeouts are not guaranteed.
TV timeouts during the NCAA tournament are 30 seconds longer at 2:30.
With all respect, as one who has attended about three dozen college basketball games a year for many years, I am well aware of the timeouts, (TV variety and ":30-second"). And they have managed to slowly expand, year after year.
I also know that no matter the alleged 2:00 length (or :30 for that matter) none are close to being that short.
Example: at the 4:06 mark of the first half of UCLA-Washington game, UCLA called a 30-second time out. But there was a total of 1:33 from the whistle signalling the timeout to the time the ball was whistled back in play. CBS didn't even go to (a :30) commercial for more than 30 seconds after the whistle.
At 3:37, the total time away from play was 2:50 from whistle to whistle. CBS used the first 21 seconds for bumper material, then three 30-second commercials, a 15-second March Madness promo then a 10-second DirecTV March Madness commercial. Then another 44 seconds until play resumed.
I repeat: it is very difficult to shoe-horn a college basketball game into a two-hour time slot (especially when it begins at :05-:09) given the expanded commercial/promo breaks.