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And arena football, he said, has the same quality. The clock runs continuously. Huddles take a fraction of the time as they do in the NFL. Quarterbacks have less time in the pocket to throw the ball. The field is so small, only 50 yards, that teams can (and regularly do) score from anywhere on any given play.
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