The World Championship this year allowed for TV timeouts (I don't think they did previously), but they were quite unlike those in the NHL. Instead of a 2 minute break for 4 commercials, the World Championships had room for 1 comercial during a break (which is barely longer than the time it takes for a fast faceoff). When the NHL signed the deal with FOX, these long TV timeouts became ingrained in the NHL game. But, could getting rid of them help grow the game? I don't think it would have a large impact on Canadian TV rights, as we tend to see the same commercials over and over and over again during NHL games. And with a "revenue sharing" deal with NBC, combined with ESPN dropping the NHL (though probably wanting a reduced rate), could reducing the number of commercials be the cure? It would be superb publicity coming out of the lockout, and would make attending a NHL game that much better than an NBA game with the long, frequent pauses eliminated. Anyone else have any thoughts on this?