Online players, are capable of playing up to 24 tables at once, making decisions at each in far less than 30 secs. Even *I* was able to do this, and although I have been in the video game world for years, I am no spring chicken! Now some would argue that your win rate drops with this many tables and playing fewer will generate a higher level of play and bb/100 (big blind per 100 hands). And I do agree, as my win rate was dropping down to break even (or rakeback pro) the closer I got to 24 tables, but this is STILL light years faster than live tournaments. Even those multi-tabling SNG's or MTT's are usually playing 4 to 12 tables at one time.
Compare this to your live tournaments, where some players are taking up to 6 mins when tanking over tough decisions, and even taking more than a minute for EVERY decision. At. One. Table! This creates a couple of problems.
Another problem, and the more obvious one, is the "watchability" of a poker tournament. The slower the game moves, the worse it is to watch. If players are not taking forever with each decision, then televised poker becomes more attractive to the viewing public, and therefore the sponsors that come with that viewer consumption. I am a diehard poker fan, who watched a full week of EPT live streams in the form of the PCA broadcasts, and even someone like me, would LOVE to see a Time Clock implemented to fairly encourage everyone to move the game along. In fact, I don't think I've heard of anyone who disagrees that a time clock would be a bad idea. If you disagree, please feel free to comment below, or tweet at me @TheWookieWay
My suggestion is to call the clock on EVERYONE! Some standard default of 1 min, before auto clock called, and you have 30 secs (or maybe even 20). I like the idea of a Time Bank, so the quicker you go, the more time you have when you really need it, but that might be a logistic problem compared to online play for now. And these are details that can be worked out over time, after the initial time clock idea has time to sink in with all the live players, most of whom already play online. So I'll bet, it will be a quick adjustment to the majority of players.
After all, some of aren't getting any younger, you know??