March 29th, 2011 at 7:27 PM ^

That's great and all, but I thought one of the reasons the Rose Bowl was moved to January 2nd 2012 was because January 1st is a Sunday and some religions (Mormon?) don't play on Sundays. With University of Utah joining the PacTen, I would be surprised if the PacTen making any significant move to Sundays. I also don't see the NFL screwing the pooch that bad and not having a season (unless of course they are really that stupid).

Surveillance Doe

March 30th, 2011 at 1:21 PM ^

This rumor always makes me laugh.  It couldn't be more wrong.


When New Year's Day falls on a Sunday, the major bowls all move to the 2nd to play on Monday.  It always kind of ruins New Year's Day for me.  I'm bummed we're coming up on one this year.


This has nothing to do with Mormons or religious beliefs though.  This has everything to do with the fact that the bowls would make significantly less money when trying to go up against the NFL TV lineup that day.  This is the only reason bowl games are played on Monday when New Year's Day falls on a Sunday.


So, consequently, if the NFL is in lock-out mode still come the fall, there won't be the NFL TV lineup to compete against, so there would be no reason to not play on Sundays.  No NFL means the day is free for a sport with a smaller following to enjoy. 


I would hope that, in the case of an NFL lock-out, more teams would play on Sundays.  Why not utilize those days when people are already planning to be sitting around watchingn football all day?  And I personally enjoy the college game much more anyway.


March 29th, 2011 at 7:35 PM ^

I would gladly watch college football on Sunday.  But I'm thinking the majority of the nation disagrees with me there, which would mean a monmumentally stupid decision on the Pac 12's part provided there is an NFL season.

Michael Scarn

March 29th, 2011 at 7:56 PM ^

Important part of the article - this is contingent on the NFL lockout continuing into the season.  You'd have to be Gary Bettman-stupid as a commish to try and compete with the Shield. 

Sgt. Wolverine

March 29th, 2011 at 7:58 PM ^

Fridays should belong to high school football, Saturdays should belong to college football, and Sundays should belong to the NFL.  That order needs to be preserved.  (High schools that choose to play on Saturdays will get no sympathy from me.)  I don't care if there's no NFL season; I don't want that precedent set under any circumstance.


March 29th, 2011 at 8:01 PM ^

Larry Scott, for the second time in a year, has made announcements about something that has little chance of happening. His PAC 18 (or whatever the number was) idea crashed to the ground and took Joe Schad with him. So to spare some time laboring over the NFL lockout, wait and see what happens before making TV and Athletic Dept schedule changes. Take note from Jim Delaney and show up to a podium with a concrete plan rather than guessing whether a professional business will be operating in the fall, or any other plan that includes consent from other parties. What a joke!


March 29th, 2011 at 8:02 PM ^

Well besides Oregon now who would actually be worth watching in the PAC 12?? I mean Kiffin is gonna bury USC within a couple years and Utah usually competes at a high level about every 6 or 7 yrs.

I figure they want even less exposure on a national scale. I figure most guys will be paying attention to there fantasy teams instead of watching the riveting Washington St/Colorado matchup at 330 on sunday afternoon.


March 29th, 2011 at 8:03 PM ^

While the idea is good b/c there might be a whole day where we won't have any sports... it's a totally bad idea if you think about all the people who may be flying in to see the game, or rented a hotel, or what not.  You can't just change the date of the game without being able to compensate those fans.


March 29th, 2011 at 8:37 PM ^

Would be a phenomenal move if the NFL has a lockout. They need people to watch their games; they aren't relevant at all when they're starting games at 11 on saturday nights.


March 29th, 2011 at 8:39 PM ^

If there is no NFL season, It's a smart move.

I think a few good NCAA games on Sundays would help salve the sting of no NFL. The Big Ten should also be willing to move a few high profile games from Saturday to Sunday if there are no pro games.


March 30th, 2011 at 12:40 AM ^

Will they have the gameday crew on Sunday too? Also what are the chances espn gameday is in Ann arbor for the Nd night game this fall.


March 30th, 2011 at 1:29 AM ^

I figured the Big East might try moving games to Sunday if there is no NFL this fall, and of course the MAC will play any time if they get a paycheck out of it, but I think the Pac 12 makes sense as well. Their games get buried nationally on Saturday because they start so late. Have the Sunday games start at 2 and 5 ET, that's 11 a.m. and 2 PT, and the rest of the country will get an opportunity to see more West Coast games than before.

I can't believe the NFL will screw this up, though. Why would they leave $9 billion dollars on the table?


March 30th, 2011 at 11:37 AM ^

I think they should alternate USC and UCLA every other Sunday until the NFL awards LA a franchise.  SoCal deserves to have a "dog in the fight" on Sunday, too.  LA is a decent market, and it would give the Pac 12 a chance to showcase themselves to a national audience more often, too. 

As for "colleges don't play on Sunday," they certainly don't have any problem doing it with basketball or baseball.


March 30th, 2011 at 1:41 PM ^

There are a couple of issues with moving to Sunday.  One thing is that this plan will only work if the NFL stays locked out for the entire season. If the NFL stays locked out the entire year this might work, if not the PAC 12 has screwed themselves out of TV viewers.  The other issue is that fan experience of getting drunk and partying pre and post game wll affect productivity.  The amount of people taking sick days on Monday will skyrocket.