Boxing: Most of those ballyhooed 15-round title fights turn into 45 minutes of ballroom dancing. Twelve rounds are too many, too. If three rounds are good enough for the Olympics, surely no pro fight has to last longer than six. Think how much brain matter it would save.
Hockey: Whoever heard of dividing a game into three periods? Let's make it two. Think how much brain matter it would save.
Tennis: There's no problem with women's matches, most of which last about 10 minutes. But two changes are in order for the men. First, Ivan Lendl and Mats Wilander should not be allowed to play each other on any surface except ice. Their epic sleepwalk in this year's French Open took almost as long as two Monday night football games. Second, Lendl should not be allowed to study the strings on his racket between points. Unless he tells us what he's looking for.
Golf: At the Masters in April, Greg Norman said that the tournament didn't really start until the last nine holes on Sunday—the first 63 were just to jockey for position. Fine, let's just play the last nine—lord knows TV can still get a full three-hour broadcast out of that—and open up the course to the members for the other three days.
Some sports are doing an excellent job of moving things along. The pro bowlers squeeze four matches, a few words of advice on adjusting to heavy oil on the lanes and a trophy presentation into one 90-minute show. Volleyball is just about perfect, too.
Best of all is the 100-meter dash. Less than 10 seconds. No lull.