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8 PM starts

Red Don

Staff member
10 Year Member
Thanks, a good read. Unhappily, there doesn't seem to be any easy solutions. :(

This is winter in Iowa, after all, and the games are on television.

The Big Ten has all its conference games on BTN, an ESPN network, FOX, FS1 or CBS. With 14 members, that makes for a lot of games, multiple games almost every day from New Year’s until the end of the regular season. They’ve been scheduled to make the traditional 7 p.m. starting time in the Central time zone obsolete.

The 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. weeknight games the Hawkeyes and other Central time zone league teams typically get are hard on fans. Either it takes too much effort to get to the arena on time for the early games, or the late starts are too taxing for people to get home at a reasonable hour.

“There are a lot of things you would like to see done differently. Everybody wants Saturday home games. Can't always get them.”

The days of everyone playing every Saturday are long gone. Every game is a television property, and the networks and league don’t want them bumping into each other. Typically, two to four Big Ten games are played on Saturdays.