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End to Pac-12 night game nightmare?


07:32 AM ET 02.11 | Relief from latenight? The Pac-12 is in discussions with its network partners to change programming practices and avoid another season with an overwhelming number of night games, according to sources inside and outside the conference. I wouldn't necessarily characterize the back-and-forth as negotiations, because the league has a contract with ESPN and Fox that isn't going away for a decade. But Pac-12 officials were not happy with the '13 broadcast schedule and are working with their partners to find an acceptable resolution for all parties involved. One source called the league's approach "fair but firm." The conference spent three months listening to complaints from fans and school officials. Commissioner Larry Scott and his lieutenant are keenly aware of the frustration.

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Mark Helfrich, US Presswire Mark Helfrich, US Presswire
February 11, 2014  08:32 AM ET

Maybe they should play 9am games instead?

Face it -- geography plays a large role in why Pac-12 plays the late games There's nobody left to compete with them, TV time-wise (except maybe Hawaii).

I think the problem isn't with the Pac-12 playing night games - heck, most confernces do. The problem is that when the Pac-12 does, half the country is asleep after watching other college games for twelve hours.

February 11, 2014  08:40 AM ET

12PAC plays night games?

February 11, 2014  08:49 AM ET

Sorry guys but the almighty TV money trumps everything in the world. EVERYTHING.

February 11, 2014  09:27 AM ET

I rather enjoyed having a game to watch on Sat night. And make no mistake the NFL wants any available time slot that CFB isn't planning to fill. The LAST thing I want to watch on Thursday, Friday or Saturday is a %$#@^ NFL game.

February 11, 2014  09:27 AM ET

Used to be that the only night games played in the PAC 10 were the AZ ones because it was too hot there during the day to play. Now television scheduling rules. (Check out the Tuesday night MAC games.) Scott won't walk away from TV $$$, but look for less night games to placate the unwashed.

February 11, 2014  09:55 AM ET

CFB's version of Mr. Potato Head

February 11, 2014  11:29 AM ET

There are 12 PAC teams - lot's of opportunity to spread the exposure. One pairing can fill the east coast 10 PM start slot when a MWC game is unavailable or undesirable. The other PAC contests can be scheduled 12/3 PM, 12:30/3:30 PM, 3/6 PM, 3:30/6:30 PM, 4/7 PM, 4:30/7:30 PM, 5/8 PM... Local fans are not inconvenienced and PAC teams gain east coast exposure. If they're putting out compelling "product" (e.g. 2013), they'll get carried across larger swaths of the nation.

February 11, 2014  01:27 PM ET

I hate waiting until 10:30 pm ET to see my USC Trojans play! We should always be in priiiime tiiiime!!

February 11, 2014  02:38 PM ET

If the only option I have to watch for a late Saturday game is Hawaii playing NMSU, my TV goes off. PAC12 has a niche, whether they like it or not. Nothing like seeing an aerial shot of the LA Colesium at night and the blank spot where the huge jersey of Reggie Bush used to be.

February 11, 2014  04:37 PM ET

While I understand why the p12 commish wants the eyes of the east coast, I rather enjoy being able to see all the conferences throughout the day and in to the evening. It's a major perk of living on the left coast. Football starts at 9 am and ends at 11pm. It's great. I can fish all morning while the B1G plays and then by noon I've still got 11 hours of football to watch.

February 12, 2014  10:47 AM ET

I can fish all morning while the B1G plays


February 12, 2014  04:55 PM ET

I'm confused. I thought the Pac-12 had the best TV contract of any conference... now all of a sudden it isn't good enough? WHAT?! If you don't like night games, give the money back...

As a fan of college football (but not a Pac-12 fan), I enjoy the late night game option - although honestly I'm not interested in a lot of Pac-12 games regardless of what time they are played. Just the way it is - we all like our own team(s) best, and we tend to live somewhat near them. 11 PM Eastern Time = 8 PM Pacific Time = prime time (locally). I want to see East-coast teams in Eastern prime-time.


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