Originally posted by oldman9er:
NFC West teams have repeatedly asked the league to give them 1 p.m. PT kickoffs for games they play in the Eastern time zone. West Coast players naturally have a harder time when forced to wake up at 5 or 6 a.m. PT on game days. The league took action quickly when the Patriots complained about playing two games on the West Coast in succession several years ago. Owners voted to change the scheduling rotation so that Eastern teams drawing Western divisions in the rotation would not visit SD and Oakland or Seattle and SF in the same season. Meanwhile, the Cardinals are scheduled to play six road games this season at 10 or 11 a.m. Phoenix time. The 49ers and Seahawks each play five road games kicking off at 10 a.m. PT.
"We need to come together as a group of West Coast teams," San Francisco 49ers president Jed York said back in 2009.
I read that, too. It has been brought up pretty often, but it doesn't matter. The Commish doesn't care. Fans ask about the start time, he offers a condescending head-pat and the assurance that they don't have any meaningful statistics that determine that early starts affect West coast teams. I'm not sure the Pats had any statistics to back up their complaint, ut it sure got fixed in a hurry.