From the drawers of the Top Secret Fyles:
I’m one who normally doesn’t dish out compliments to pompous, self-indulgent organizations, like cable giant ESPN, but I will give the “Worldwide Leader in Sports” a congratulatory pat on the back.
It was decided by the bigwigs over the winter to move the starting game time of its long-time “Sunday Night Baseball” game of the week from 8:05 p.m. to 7:05 beginning this season.
They could not have made a better decision. Too many games over the past few seasons were ending after midnight, with viewers needing to go to bed early in advance of work or school the following Monday morning.
I’m also sure the on-air staff and the behind-the-scenes workers voiced their displeasure about the length in games.
About five or six years ago, Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez publicly denounced the 8:05 p.m. ET start time for teams on getaway day. He was right in theory, but advertisers pay big money to ESPN to ensure the best viewership possible.
The length of games will never decrease because of today’s numerous pitching changes, but the starting games an hour earlier makes everyone more happier.
Here are the game times of the 11 Sunday games to date:
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Thank you Source: WDT Sports