Paolo, if stoppages make a game somewhat boring for you to watch, then why has North American football flourished so much especially in the United States? :wink:
This is an excellent point. I'll respond that I have found for the most part only NFL football since about the 1990 Giants more exciting with a few of the great teams of the 1980s thrown in. In college football, for years I have enjoyed for the most part only the Pac12 minus the distractions of its thugs of course. I've only been watching the CFL regularly since 2009.
The reason for both examples for American football is that the teams involved in both since about 1990 have used more pro-style offences and balanced attacks let alone now more teams than ever using spread offensive sets.
Otherwise the rest of American football, including most of SEC football as has been the dominant conference for almost a decade, is dull for also reasons of so many stoppages of play. Of course if you enjoy great defence and inept offence, more power to you.
And of course for sake of the NFL I dread the stupid new kickoff rule for kicks from the 35-yard line that is good for more predictable commercial breaks more than anything else. In the NFL now, usually you have about seven minutes actual time between offensive possessions after a score.
I don't think stoppages has much to do with it but rather the most important factor is that North American football is very organized at a professional level and marketed well on television. Just like soccer, to me a very dull game to watch but taken to the professional aspect to a tee as well.
Note that rugby union only became a professional sport in 1995, for it was until that time only an amateur sport, or as it was known only at the highest levels due to pay-offs against the rules, 'shamateurism'.
The issue of professionalism versus amateurism was a major contributor that led to the schism such that rugby league, a different game, was formed in the early years after rugby union.
Otherwise I totally disagree because overall the stoppages in rugby, as compared to soccer or football, are uglier in nature and at a higher frequency. At one time for NCAA American college football until the 1990s or for much professional soccer until about 1991, I would have perhaps agreed with you given the duller action and more stoppages of play overall in those eras.
Analogously, I can't tell you, like many otherwise quiet American fans, how much I enjoy the quadrennial Olympic Ice Hockey Tournament; however, like many fellow Americans I just cannot get into the NHL action with what seems far more stoppages of play let alone the thuggery.