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A *television timeout* (or *TV timeout*) is a break in a televised live
event to allow television advertisements to be shown. This allows
commercial broadcasters to take an advertising break without causing
viewers to miss part of the action.

Programs making use of timeouts are usually live-action sporting events.
However, other live programs occasionally make use of timeouts for
advertising purposes, such as the Eurovision Song Contest.

*Use by sport[edit]*

ยท American football (NFL): The National Football League requires twenty
commercial breaks per game, with ten in each half. (Exceptions to this are
overtime periods, which have none.) These breaks run either a minute, or
two minutes in length. Of the ten commercial breaks per half, two are
mandatory: at the end of each quarter, and at the two-minute warning for
the end of the half. The remaining eight breaks are optional.^[1] The
timeouts can be applied after field goal tries, conversion attempts for
both one and two points following touchdowns, changes in possession either
by punts or turnovers, and kickoffs (except for the ones that start each
half, or are within the last five minutes). The breaks are also called
during stoppages due to


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