“But it’s very hard to get in the way of the ballot box.”

Here comes California, messing with college football again.

What began as SB 206 in the California assembly— and became known nationally as the Fair Pay To Play Act — has help fuel a revolution in college sports.

Now along comes AB 7, which threatens to play havoc with your Pac-12 kickoff times.

Think those 7:30 p.m. games along the west coast are a too late?

If Assembly Bill 7 becomes law, late-season games on Pac-12 campuses will start at 8:30 p.m.

Sponsored by Assemblymember Kansen Chu — and already approved by voters — AB 7 would place California on Daylight Saving Time all year: No more falling back and springing forward.

California would be permanently sprung forward, with all the lifestyle benefits that come with evening daylight and none of the disruptions to our circadian rhythms caused by changing the clock.

Apparently, if this goes into law in California, Oregon and Washington are prepared to follow suit in short order.  And that would make things inconvenient for Mickey.

The entire West Coast would skip the process of falling back, leaving it two hours behind Eastern Time from early November through early March.

That would create a problem for Pac-12 kickoffs in the final month of the season.

ESPN and Fox use three-and-a-half-hour programming windows (approximately) on football Saturdays, starting with 12 p.m. Eastern and followed by 3:30 p.m., 7 or 8 p.m. and then 10:30 p.m.

The final window is reserved for the Pac-12 — the only Power Five conference capable of starting home games as late as 10:30 p.m. Eastern. (And those are sometimes pushed back to 10:40 or 10:45 p.m.)

If the West Coast doesn’t join the East Coast in falling back, the three-hour difference during Daylight Saving Time would become a two-hour difference from early November through early March.

In order for the Pac-12 games to fill the 10:30 p.m. Eastern window, they would have to start at 8:30 p.m. on the west coast.

Pacific Daylight Time in the winter months would be the same as Mountain Standard Time.

Late games would get later.

Eh, not to worry.  I’m sure Larry Scott’s on the mother.


Filed under ESPN Is The Devil, Fox Sports Numbs My Brain, Pac-12 Football, Political Wankery

19 responses to ““But it’s very hard to get in the way of the ballot box.”

  1. The inconvenience that anything causes ESPN is pretty far down on the list of things I get spun about.


  2. Biggen

    The state I live in, Florida, is also pushing Congress to make DST year round (I.e. no falling back) for us. I don’t agree with meddling with that.


  3. spur21

    I hate Daylight Saving Time. My solution move the clock 1/2 hour and leave it alone.


  4. Bulldog Joe

    Most of Arizona already does this.


  5. CB

    Damn. Two good ideas in a row from Cali. They might not be able to take care of the homeless or have a affordable athletes, but I’m all about paying college athletes and avoiding 4pm December sunsets. Let’s hope the rest of the country follows suit.


  6. Bright Idea

    The last two candidates for president were both in favor of eliminating the time changes but I’ve heard very little since. Maybe that’s a better topic for the PlayPen tomorrow. There’s no way it can happen under the sitting president and the banter would surely be lively.

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    Darkness at 5 PM sucks..I already can’t stand it..every year…it gets worse until Dec 21.


  8. Rival

    Sunset at 4:30pm today in Maine!


  9. Reverend Whitewall

    The fact that we still change the times is crazy. Other than “this is how we’ve always done it”, are there any actual arguments in favor of continuing to change back and forth? Pick one or the other, or as suggested above, split the difference, then Stick to it from there.

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  10. Go Dawgs!

    Good God, how hard is it really to adjust to the time change? It’s inconvenient for three or four days. Suck it the Hell up, people.


  11. Just Chuck (The Other One)

    Anybody who has to get up at 6:30 and go to work in the dark hates daylight savings time.


  12. Milton Daw

    Actually, Washington and Oregon have already bills signed into law that make DST the permanent time after the spring 2020 time change (like the California proposal). Seven states already have passed legislation to change to permanent DST pending Congressional approval by amending the Uniform Time Act to allow state by state determination (Florida being one). What is interesting is that. Hawaii and Arizona already have permanent DST. Six states had legislation to make DST permanent fail already. What will be interesting is whether Congress will move on this in January since there are several bills pending in both the House and Senate with bipartisan support that will allow state determination of whether DST becomes permanent. And Trump has stated that he won’t oppose it. From a football perspective only, this could be a nightmare if you have states like Mississippi that rejected permanent DST legislation that are two hours behind our time in Georgia if Georgia passed legislation making DST permanent (that noon kickoff in Athens in November would be a 10 AM kickoff in Mississippi).