On Sunday, the Pac-12 announced that they would be adding a new 11 a.m. PT (2 p.m.) ET television window in an attempt to reduce the number of night games for the 2014 season. The number of night games especially against inferior opponents has been a bone of contention among Husky football fans ever since the launch of the PAC-12 Network.
The scene at Husky Stadium is truly at its best when games kickoff in the early to late afternoon especially early in the season. Thus, this addition even though people are still going to complain is a positive development for fans going to games and for those watching on television.
For example, the Georgia State game on September 20 has no business being scheduled for a late 7 p.m. kickoff. This new television window will allow the Pac-12 Network to take a game like this for Washington and put that game at 11 a.m. to benefit both teams.
It also would give the Huskies maximum rest for a primetime game the following week against Stanford at Husky Stadium on September 27. The other benefit is that it will give Husky fans another television option as a lead-in to the 12:30 p.m. window of games within the Pac-12 and across the country. The Big Ten has survived for the most part with 11 a.m. kickoffs as fans as long as their teams are winning are reasonably filling their stadiums.
The bottom line is we live in a world of college football where the rights of the fans are ignored for the most part. Television is the engine that drives the bus for the best of everything in college football. Unfortunately, there are going to have to be adjustments made by ticket holders that can’t make these early morning kickoffs as the landscape of college football is no longer about tradition. It is exorbitant business that needs to sadly cater to television over the desires of its fans.