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The sinister side of slow play

If golf takes its cue from Major League Baseball, look for even longer rounds that create more time for wagering and food sales

I agree with reader Charlie Jurgonis on pace of play, with a slightly different rationale (“From the Morning Read inbox,” May 7).

Minute-by-minute wagering started just a few years ago. The average time for Major League Baseball in 1975 was 2 hours, 25 minutes; now, it's 3:20.

The extra hour you can keep people in the ballpark (or course) adds up to a large amount of more beer and hot dogs that can be sold, plus more ads for the longer TV time.

Jeff Evagues
Chandler, Ariz.

Peter Kostis’ observations on TV broadcasts bother reader
I enjoyed the Hawk & Purk podcast interview with Peter Kostis (“Peter Kostis talks changes to golf TV,” May 5).

Kostis' comment that broadcasters were reined in by the PGA Tour is troubling.

Also, John Hawkins and especially Mike Purkey keep hammering home how unentertaining these broadcasts have become. 

Gary Cohen
Great Neck, N.Y.

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