Originally Posted by Chip R
The only problem with these games starting at 8:30 is that they are lasting so long. If they got over by 11, no one would be complaining. Even if they started that game last night at 8 it would have gone till 12:30. We also have to remember that the games start at 8:30 in only part of the country. Unfortunately it has to be our part of the country but these games are starting at 5:30 in L.A. and Portland and San Francisco. These people have TVs too and they like to watch games just like we do. Fox is a national network. That means they have to take all parts of the country under consideration and not just the Eastern time zone. The only complaints your are hearing about the stating times are from people in the Eastern time zone.
There is no real solution to the time zone thing. From a human standpoint, I feel sorry for the people on the West Coast who get shafted a lot, but from a marketing/network standpoint, they are clearly marketing to the East Coast anyway, which makes sense as it's the most baseball-centric part of the nation. It is always a prime time start geared towards Eastern time. The West Coast is slightly screwed no matter what; whether the game starts at 6 or 9 Eastern, it's always going to be work/rush hour time (the latter particularly for major markets such as LA). The two middle time zones kind of luck out by default, but I have trouble believing that's the network's intention. The East Coast ratings are what they're aiming for to begin with.
I was in LA at the beginning of the playoffs and I missed a few starts, but it was really nice to see the ends of the games, I have to say. And some of them bordered up on bedtime there as it was.