The Pac-12 is informally known as “the conference of champions,” but it’s quickly turning into the conference of night owls, too. In a press conference given before the UCLA Bruins took on the Utah Utes on Thursday night, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott defended the late kickoff times that have been rampant in the Pac-12 this football season, saying there are advantages to playing games at times when most people are getting into their pajamas.
The truth is they rate well. We get a lot of attention because there’s not a lot that’s going on. But we’re very mindful to spread it amongst all of our campuses. We realize it is a burden for fans. It’s a burden for campuses.
I think all of this has conspired to see the Pac-12 get a lot more love from the national media. But again, none of that happens or matters if the results aren’t there. But sometimes, the results can be there and there’s a lag factor from the media and some of the pundits. I think that lag time is shrinking (Los Angeles Daily News).
While the increased exposure stemming from being the only conference playing games on late-night TV is certainly good for the Pac-12, it’s understandable why fans wouldn’t be thrilled about the prospect of more night games. As last weekend demonstrated, the Pacific Northwest is moving into the time of year where weather is increasingly unpredictable (screw you people down in California with your sunshine). It’s one thing to have to drive back at 11:30 p.m. from a game, but it’s a whole different beast to make that drive in rain, snow, or ice.
[Insert your own "Night Moves" reference here.]
[Source: Los Angeles Daily News]