Pac-12 Strikes Again As USC-Stanford Start Time Delayed

How ridiculous is it that USC’s homecoming game, against No. 6-ranked Stanford no less, will not even be announced until next Monday, six days before the game.

That is because ESPN has exercised its contractual right to conduct a six-day pick for games on Nov. 16 and the network will choose between USC-Stanford and Utah-Oregon. If ESPN selects the USC-Stanford game, it will air at 5 p.m. PT on ABC. Otherwise it will air at either12:30 p.m. PT on Fox or 1 p.m. PT on Fox Sports 1.

This is only the latest example of how Larry Scott really doesn’t care about the actual Pac-12 fan who attends the games.

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  • Trojan Hoarse

    The start times Alabama’s games on November 16th against Mississippi State and on November 30th against Auburn are also TBA…’s a revenue driven world, Wolfie, and it impacts even the top teams…..

  • Henry Bibby

    Worlfie, are you worried you might miss your weekly trip to the all you can eat lunch buffet on Saturday? You could lose a few lbs, so you should be rooting for a daygame.

    This game will be 5pm on ABC, guaranteed. Either way, I’ll be there rooting for a VICTORY in the stadium. Wolfie will be rooting for David Shaw to get an interview with Pat Haden.

    • Trojan Hoarse

      He should watch the game while sweating to the oldies on a treadmill…….

      • Henry Bibby


      • TrojanFan

        Bucket needs to step up their physical activity

    • marvgoux1

      You need Rogaine, Henry, so what’s your point besides your constant Sunshine Pumping?

  • ProbationU

    It’s a sign that $C is playing better, so the game is more attractive. Surprised Scott didn’t say that nobody would want to televise the game if Kiffin was coaching but Ed O has the Trojies back on the radar. After all, Ed doesn’t hide behind the Denny’s menu…and all the other stuff Wolfie loved to mention.

  • Evil Robot

    Dude, do you just wake up and look for things to complain about? Pretty much fans will just need to wait and see if they leave for the game after breakfast or after lunch. That really doesn’t seem like too big of an obstacle to overcome, given the five and a half day advance notice.

    • marvgoux1

      Dude you obviously don’t have season tickets or you’d understand.

  • Joe H

    As I have said before,this drives me nuts and may cause me to give up my tickets next year. Two weeks was hard enough to plan. Less than one week is absurd.

    And don’t give me a hard time about not being a true fan. I love going to the games. If it was just me, no problem, sort of. But I get eight season tickets to invite friends family and clients. At least for this game we have narrowed the start time down. But most games could start anytime between 12:00 and 7:30.

    Eventually this will start eating into ticket sales as I am sure there are many like me that like going to games but are just as happy staying home and watching on TV. $$$ matters, about $21M per year from TV v. $20-30 M from ticket sales (estimated based on top 20 schools). I doubt ticket sales will fall nearly enough to cause any change.

    • rusoviet

      Sorry but if the team wins it won’t matter i.e. either you’ll tire of the impact on your life and sell them or worse the school will continue to raise prices because they can ‘and’ there are many who don’t care when the games start and will buy them anyway – if it is a true burden sell them on E-Bay and enjoy the game at home or some local gin mill.

      BTW be grateful you don’t have season tickets in the ACC – come on a 8:00 pm (local time) start last Saturday out of Tallahassee-FL for the FL St. vs. Miami game? That was totally ABC’s scam – they got that time slot because they could.

      I’m happy to be here when a WS game starts at 5:00 pm local instead of waiting until 8:00 pm local tme to watch it – same with MNF or the Thursday night NFL game. We’re spoiled out here and thankfully we have the demographics to force the networks to assuage us – Academy Awards don’t wrap up until well after midnight – sweet to stick it every year up ‘naw yawks’ back end!

      • Joe H

        Love the west coast start times. Football from 9:00 or 10:00 am to late both Saturday and Sunday. Can’t beat it.

        I am probably spoiled by Tivo as well. When I watch at home I do not really care about the start time.

  • 22

    The problem is much bigger than Larry Scott. College football is now big business and television revenue rules college football. The fan experience of attending the game has deteriorated. I find myself thinking more and more of watching home games on television rather than going through the increasing hassles of attending in person.

  • tostevinUSC

    I can remember when teams didn’t get televised more than a couple of times a year. There weren’t many empty seats in the stadium most of the time. I can also remember when games were broadcast on the only 50,000 watt clear channel radio station on the west coast not the 15 watt repeater station in Ontario. Times change. Of course I didn’t take the metrolink to games until this year…

  • Jack B

    Big deal. You either leave in the morning or the early afternoon. It’s a whole-day deal anyway you look at it. If you need two weeks notice to get it all together, give your seats away to someone who doesn’t need a Franklin Planner to get a tailgate together. Sheeessh!

    • marvgoux1

      It’s a big deal when you don’t get home until 1AM for a 7:30PM game.

  • RIP Lane Kiffin

    The bigger story is that USC-Stanford is in the same conversation as a Utah-Oregon matchup. How far the mighty have fallen.

  • rusoviet

    Nah ‘henri’ what Wolf is scared of is allowing ‘lorenzo scottie’ assume ‘he’ is the new ‘king’ and can and shall do whatever and whenever he chooses…hey based on the ESPN/FSN imbroglio it seems ‘larry’ is the ‘beatch’ on someone’s leash and it sure smells like the ‘mothership’…hmm ‘Lorenzo’ just a sashaying down the street with that ‘beatch’ collar on his skinny neck….growl ‘lorenzo’ hey ‘lorenzo’ be they surname ‘oil’ there be a pseudo-guinea called Nick Nolte who wants to carress your back end…hmmm Lorenzo….hmmmm

  • GB

    I agree … the Pac-12 TV contracts could care less about the fan experience, about those who actually pay to attend the game. Plus, it’s homecoming. People plan to come to this game for months from all over the country, and it’s a shame it could start at 12:30. That gives these people barely any time to enjoy being back on campus and seeing their friends.

  • B.Miller

    You do more whining and bitching than any grown man on earth..
    you complain about Haden
    you complain about Kiffin
    you complain about the team
    you complain about Larry scott
    you complain about your satellite Network
    you complain about the coliseum
    you complain about the refs
    you complain about the NCAA

    MAN UP!

    • TrojanFan

      Smells like a worthless turd! Must suck to be the wolfman. I’m sure bucket would disagree