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Fox News considered using the Cleveland Cavaliers' shot-clocl buzzer to help moderate Thursday's GOP debate. 

By Extra Mustard
August 06, 2015

The 2016 presidential race is heating up—even though we've yet to find out who will actually be running for our country's highest office. 

Thursday night should theoretically help make that picture a little more clear, when Fox News holds a debate with 10 presidential hopefuls from the Republican party. 

10 loquacious candidates in one room should make for fascinating television, if not the most organized. Fox News realized this problem, and considered a pretty radical solution for the issue.

They wanted to use the Quicken Loans Arena shot-clock buzzer whenever a candidate's time was up, according to The New York Times.  

The arena, of course, is the home court for the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

“You could make it about synergy in that arena: Use the very same buzzer that LeBron James hears on the court when the shot clock runs out,” said Bret Baier, one of the debate's moderators. 

The thought of a loud shot clock buzzer firing off when Donald Trump goes one second over his allotted time sounds like it would make for must-see TV, but alas, Fox will be using a much more traditional "ding" if someone speaks for too long. 

It should be an entertaining debate either way.


- Rohan Nadkarni


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