As often happens these days, a bit of my story for today’s paper on the night game-issue was cut.
Among the quotes that didn’t make it was this from Pac-12 spokesman Erik Hardenbergh when I asked him why UW has been a popular choice for night games.
Here’s what he said: “Washington has obviously been featured a lot at night. But a lot of that is because they have been so successful at night and they draw a great television audience, so that’s why the networks like to play them at night.”
UW will finish the year with seven of 12 games starting at 6 p.m. or later. I haven’t broken down every school, but all have had their fair share — Oregon’s game Saturday against Cal will be its sixth this year with a start time of 6 p.m. or later, for instance.
This week, with three 7:30 p.m. games, that obviously means half the Pac-12 is playing at night — consider UCLA having to play at night at WSU and then making the trip back to LA. So everyone is being impacted by this.