<CJ Voice (Reggie Perrin CJ, not Chess/eggheads CJ)> I didn't get where I am today by reading instructions.Sean Hewitt wrote: Surprisingly, the chaps at DGT have thought of that and put something called "instructions" in with every clock!
The problem with the London league would be the central venue. If you're playing at a chess club's venue and they have digital clocks it's not unreasonable to expect that they know how to set them - although by 'they' I suspect we're talking about two or three people at most.
With the amount of teams that use Golden Lane, for the London League to use digital clocks it would be necessary for dozens of people to know how to set them - and for at least some of those people to be there on match day.
Another consideration for the London League to use digital clocks would be the various time controls that are used at the moment. Given that we're often only let into the building about 10 minutes before games were due to start it would be quite a job to reset up to 30-35 clocks from one time control to another in time. It would probably be necessary to define a single time control for practical reasons.
Don't get me wrong, I'd love to see digital clocks introduced and a standard time control along the lines of G60 + 30 second increment* used in the London League. I just don't see it happening in the immediate future.
(* we'd probably have to ask Chris Kreuzer not to keep playing games of 80+ moves though if we we're going to do that)