As a high school football official, I have the opportunity to referee two or three high school football games each week.
There are numerous timing rules, as stated by the National Federation of State High School Associations. In theory, all the coaches know going in what they are. Among them:
There are also agreed-upon rules for political debates, usually accepted in-advance by all of the participants.
There are rules for things like which side of the stage each candidate will occupy and the format of questions.
Like football, there are also timing rules, such as:
The moderators’ jobs would be made much easier and the candidates would not come off as being so rude, obnoxious and non-rule-abiding if the networks would do one simple thing: control the microphone.
Each candidate’s mic should be shut off when they do not have the floor and should be shut off when their agreed-upon time is up.