The first Democratic presidential primary debates take place Wednesday and Thursday evenings in Miami, Fla., and the Hamster has obtained a full breakdown of their parameters.

  • Venue: Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts (Marlins Park was booked for “baseball”) steel cage match.
  • Start time: Kickoff is 9:07 EST/3:07 HST. Pregame show starts at 8:30 EST/2:30 HST. Simulcast is on ESPNU.
  • Participants: too many
  • Format: Four seconds to answer questions. Two seconds for rebuttal. 85 questions total, mostly about food.
  • What to watch for: potentially some commercials for shows in NBC’s new fall lineup.
  • Gambling odds: Biden -135 is favored, Yang +1000 has longest odds. O/U 1 a.m. end time, O/U 17 minutes average viewer retention.