I think, moving the gametime gives an advantage to Dallas. Redskins never practice and seldom play at 8:20 at night, but 8:20 in Washington DC is closer to someone from Dallas’s “body clock” daytime play/practice time. It’s like taking away Washington’s home field advantage a little. (Redskins already played in Dallas this season, in Dallas’s time zone. Now it’s fair to play in Washington in Washington’s time zone.)
I never noticed an east coast Sunday game starting at night, it seems to me, it’s always a western game starting at about 8 PM EDT, which is earlier in the west, where the actual game is being played. I’m not including Monday Night Football…
Night football games have different statistics than day games, changing the gametime changes the odds and has an influence.
I wanted to go out someplace that had a big screen TV, have lunch and watch the game. I had even already asked the wife. I don’t want to stay out till probably after midnight on a weeknight. I don’t have a reason to be in a bar at night with a buncha drinkers. A restaurant in the daytime turns into a bar at night. I wanted to see the game at 1 in the afternoon. In the daylight. With my wife and some friends. With lunch. Moving it till night ruins it for me.
So, who is the “they” that made this decision? To me, “Prime Time” on a Sunday IS around 1pm. Not Sunday night at bedtime.
I don’t want to stay up till 11 or 12 when I have to get up for work the next day. I go to bed at 9. I wanted to see the game at 1.
I think changing the start time is suspicious, and gives Dallas an advantage while hurting Washington, so again I ask:
Who is the “they” that made this decision?
I betcha someone in Dallas had something to do with it.