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Fox News considered Cavaliers’ shot-clock buzzer for Republican presidential debate

Top-Polling GOP Candidates Participate In First Republican Presidential Debate

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 06: Audience seates are reserved for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s guests ahead of the first prime-time presidential debate hosted by FOX News and Facebook at the Quicken Loans Arena August 6, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. The top-ten GOP candidates were selected to participate in the debate based on their rank in an average of the five most recent national political polls. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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Quicken Loans Arena will host tonight’s Republican presidential debate.

The Cleveland arena, as you surely know, also hosts Cavaliers games.

That gave debate organizers a creative idea.

Ashley Parker of The New York Times (hat tip: Kelly Dwyer of Ball Don’t Lie):

To keep the debate on schedule, the Fox team was also discussing a possible alternative to the usual gentle ding sound that signals that a candidate’s time has expired: the actual shot-clock buzzer used during Cleveland Cavaliers basketball games, which are played at the same arena.

“You could make it about synergy in that arena: Use the very same buzzer that LeBron James hears on the court when the shot clock runs out,” said Mr. Baier, who had come up with the idea over dinner Tuesday night at a local bistro. (“I was inspired,” he said with a smile, “by a beer.”)


That would have been much more fun – the harsh bzzzzzzz interrupting Donald Trump, et al.

But it doesn’t matter too much tonight. A buzzer or ding won’t substantially affect the debate.

My real question: Why doesn’t football use an NBA-style shot-clock buzzer for the play clock? How many times have you seen a team snap the ball after the play clock hits zero because the referee didn’t notice in time? Why force him to look up at a clock when a buzzer could aid his call?