It’s Not A Bad Idea To Play College Football Games On Weekdays
I recently found myself contemplating whether college football games should be played on weekdays.
I was reading an interesting article over at SB Nation that discussed the future of the sport and television revenue. One of the things discussed was how television has driven games off of the Saturday slate and into the week. The article stated in part:
The Big Ten’s desire to reach the New York TV market gave fans Rutgers, which has gotten drubbed in almost every sport. An obsession with ratings gave them Friday night games, which fans and coaches hated.
Elsewhere, it’s led football teams to play weekday games, which has led to class cancelations. That’s just at rich, powerful schools.
For everybody else, the TV gods have been even more demanding. The MAC didn’t play a single Saturday conference game in November. It’s pushed the Mountain West to play tons of late games, a source of frustration.
I might be taking a minority position here, but I have no problem with a Friday night game. I’m not a fan of a Thursday night game, but I can get down with a Friday night showdown.
Wisconsin’s season opener this year against Western Kentucky is on a Friday night, and our game last year against Utah State was also on a Friday night. I don’t have a problem with it.
As the member of a huge school, you’re competing with fewer teams for eyeballs and television placement. Both games are primetime events under the lights on ESPN. The eyes of the nation are on us. Would a Wisconsin matchup with Utah State be the primetime game on the first Saturday of the season? Almost certainly not. (RELATED: THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL WORLD SHOULD FEAR WISCONSIN FOR ONE SIMPLE REASON)
Plus, you know you have your entire Saturday free after your team plays Friday night. Crush all the beers you can get your hands on and know that your day is stress-free. No more worrying about the game. It happened the night before. Now, you just get to sit around consuming the rest of the slate. (RELATED: SEC FANS DON’T LIKE TO USE FACTS WHEN DISCUSSING COLLEGE FOOTBALL)
As for the late start times mentioned above, that is one hundred percent ridiculous. I can’t tell you how annoying it is over here on the East Coast when games start super late. I’m just not sure there’s a way to fix it. Bumping them back a few hours screws it up for people out west.
All in all, I’ll never be disappointed in the Badgers playing a Friday night game as long as kickoff isn’t at midnight.