The commissioner of the Big Ten, Jim Delany, is lobbying with the major TV networks on trying to negotiate the start times for Big Ten games next season. Delany is working hard on trying to push the early games back one hour from 11a.m. starts to 12 noon.
The rest of the games would also get pushed back to 3:30 p.m. and or 7 p.m.
The 11 a.m starts in college football are either loved or hated by most fans. The 11 a.m starts clearly take away from the extra tailgate time but then again the games also get done early enough to get back to your tailgate and watch the rest of the games around the country.
The other argument for changing the start time to noon was that it gives the fans that have to travel several hours to their favorite teams stadium, more time to travel. I however disagree with that statement because honestly what is a one hour difference going to do? I live 6 hours away from Iowa City and we always leave Friday. In fact we leave Friday even if the Hawks play at 7p.m. Saturday night. Getting to Iowa City Friday night just enhances the pre game experience.
You also have to look at the fact that the later the games are the later the fans are going to get home unless you live far enough away where you will just stay the night in your respective city.
It doesn’t matter what time the game is, the die hards will be there.