"Stanford [complains about 9 a.m. Pacific Time] kickoff for their season opener [on FS1 against Kansas State in Arlington, Texas on September 4th]"- Stewart Mandel, The Athletic, 6/7/2021.
"[HC David Shaw] railed against the Pac-12’s TV partner for “either complete disregard, or lack of understanding how difficult it is to be a West Coast team that travels east and gets forced to play an early kickoff game.” Noting that Oregon is playing at Ohio State at the same early-start time the next week on Fox, Shaw said, “We have to start sticking up for ourselves as West Coast teams. A Fox spokesperson declined to comment in response to Shaw’s remarks."
"Just last week, Oklahoma AD Joe Castiglione put out a statement saying the school was “bitterly disappointed” that Fox was placing the Sooners’ highly anticipated 50th anniversary game against Nebraska in the noon ET/11 a.m. CT window due to OU’s “inordinate” number of morning games in recent years.
Television networks like Fox and ESPN pay the conferences hundreds of millions per year in rights fees with the understanding they get to pick the kickoff times they feel will best maximize viewership. It is extremely rare for a high-profile coach to so harshly criticize one of those partners."
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Last Edit: Jun 7, 2021 9:58:07 GMT -8 by Trojangles
I'm certainly up in plenty of time to watch a 9 am game, and the noon slot for the East Coast sounds reasonable to me. Now travel plans might be difficult, but as for TV viewers, I think most would be fine with that time slot.