“We understand the finances that are available through TV.”

Color me a little surprised by the next hill the American Football Coaches Association has decided to assault.

The American Football Coaches Association will begin to ask the NCAA to consider a process adjusting game times that better benefit athletes this week.

Time demands on players have become a top NCAA priority. Coaches and administrators have increasingly complained about teams getting back from road trips in the middle of the night — or early morning — after night games.

AFCA executive director Todd Berry told CBS Sports, “We feel like there are times when you’re traveling cross country or on a long bus ride. If someone is not getting back until 4 in the morning because of a start time, is this really fair to the student-athlete?”

The proposal is preliminary and will be made while Berry is in Indianapolis this week as an ex-officio member of the NCAA Oversight Committee. That committee would have to first consider the measure before it is passed up the chain to become formal legislation.

Berry would not reveal any specifics, but he says there is a detailed plan regarding time zones and when schools return from road trips…

Don’t get me wrong.  This appears to be a legitimate “think of the children” concern and I applaud the coaches for going there.

But.  Still.

Inevitably, any such discussion about earlier game times will have to involve TV partners. Industry sources say such time adjustments are a long shot. The television rights held by the networks allow them to dictate starting times as a way to recoup the money paid to those conferences. The popularity of those games is reflected in ratings and ad revenue.

“These things are all governed by contracts and the quality of the game,” an industry source said. “The reason the game has become as popular as it has, they’re televised in the best possible time slot.”

Another industry source cited ESPN’s stance. The network has loads of programming to fit into a day. If it allowed outside influence to impact game times, the network “would be out of business.”

Yeah, Mickey might have a problem with that.  And since everybody in college football is sucking from that teat — including the coaches, when you get down to it — you’d have to think what’s the WWL’s problem is their problem, too.

In other words, don’t get your hopes up, kids.



Filed under College Football, ESPN Is The Devil

6 responses to ““We understand the finances that are available through TV.”

  1. AusDawg85

    This is not a money problem. It’s a scheduling problem that could be adjusted by TV and the conference. Let’em stay overnight, bring tutors on the road, structure study time at the hotel before traveling home the next day, etc.

    Oh, wait. That would cost more money, so I guess it IS a money problem.


  2. Macallanlover

    Poor babies, getting in late from a trip, how can they ever deal with such a tough existence? We continue to go further and further down the wussification road. Way to prepare them for life’s tough tests. I realize they are usually all tucked in snugly in their dorm rooms by 10 PM, but can’t they adjust 3-4 times a year?


  3. Brandon

    So that’s the real reason McGoofy loves all those nooners. Because he’s concerned about the kids on the other team and wants to make sure that they all get back home before dark. What a guy.


  4. Ant123

    Try not having any game start past 7:30 pm. If a team is playing out of their time zone then add or subtract an hour whichever is appropriate. A team subtracting time would take priority over a team adding time. It isn’t perfect but it would sure help. Personally I preferred the days when the schools set the time and the TV networks could decide if they wanted to cover it.