The Shot Clock – Part 2


Last month we went through some of the most interesting ideas in Peter Hoehne’s book 2026 NORTH AMERICAN WORLD CUP Capturing the New Generation Fan.  We challenged you – the reader – to imagine a game with those rules. This month we will look at the New Generation Fan rules and how the game might look with them.

This week we are talking shot clock; if you are unfamiliar with the concept or missed the introduction piece, check out our article from last month on the topic HERE.

There is no question that implementing a shot clock would represent a massive shift in how the game is played.  No longer will teams leading by a goal be able to endlessly hold possession to run down the remaining minutes in the game. They will be forced to attack every time they have the ball.  There be more attacking, but in addition, the teams who are behind in the game will have more opportunities to gain possession themselves and score an equalizer.

What might a shot clock do for a league that was first to implement it? This is one of the most interesting parts of rule changes, especially radical ones; who will be the first to try it?

Well, if a league is brave enough to be the first, they may gain a massive advantage in terms of on field product and give them a chance to acquire new sets of fans.  Fans who are more interested in goals and shots (over traditional possession heavy football) might flock to be fans of this league, abandoning their old clubs to seek out a club to follow in the New Generation rules league.  The league could also market themselves as the fastest paced league in the world and leverage the idea that they are innovative and will continue to innovate in the name of improving the fans’ experience.

The possibilities are endless and that is why we always put it back on our readers to comment and let us know what you think!  How do you see a shot clock working in football, how might fans of the game react to the change?


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