If lockout lingers, Pac-10 eyeballs Sundays


With the lockout lingering (it’ll be nine weeks old on Friday, less the day or so that it was lifted), most football fans assume that there will be no football on Sunday come September.

But there likely will be football on Sundays.  It just won’t be NFL football.

College football surely will take advantage of the vacancy, shifting games from Saturday if Sunday no longer is occupied.  When, for example, the NFL shifted the start of the regular season from Labor Day weekend, college football filled the void, with games on Sunday, Sunday night, and Monday night.

In a recent interview with KTAR in Phoenix, Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott said his conference will be ready to play on Sundays, if the NFL isn’t.  “We certainly have an eye on it, and I think we’ll be flexible and opportunistic if the situation presents itself,” Scott said.

“But we’re not spending a lot of time on it,” Scott added.  “I personally expect that the NFL is gonna settle if not by the beginning of their season early into their season.  So I don’t think that’s a long-term strategy for us, but I think, yeah, we’ll be nimble and we’ll be opportunistic if there’s any opportunity to get big exposure on Sunday, why not?”

FOX recently landed the Pac-10 contract, and Gus Johnson has been hired to be the lead play-by-play announcer for the games.  So, even without the NFL on Sundays, life will go on.

With football.

Hey, we’d prefer that it be NFL football, but we’ll take what we can get.

26 responses to “If lockout lingers, Pac-10 eyeballs Sundays

  1. I think it would irritate the NFL if a BCS conference were playing on Sundays, while the NFL wasn’t.

  2. One doubts that even if this holds true and comes to pass, its unlikely the games are going to start at 10am Pacific Time.

    Half the US or more, are used to the 1pm eastern/4 pm eastern 10am/1pm pacific schedule on Sundays during football season.

    Once things get thrown out of that routine, the diehards that are used to seeing football of any sort of that hour will eventually find something better to do Sundays, or tune in and watch the CFL.

    On that note, the CFL should look to move more of its post labour day games from Saturday (as currently not wanting to compete with NFL that day) to Sunday if the lockout looks like its going to hold.

    Of course, that would also require a US network picking up more then just the handful of games that are usually on Versus or the NFLN.

  3. The Sunday I wake up giddy to watch a college game, is the day I need to be put down.

  4. Thank you for telling us what most football fans assume. 50.1% or greater assume that no NFL football will occur in September. See above for references.

  5. The UFL will move to Sundays if the NFL is still locked out.

    If the lockout goes into November like Cris Collinsworth suggests could happen so long as nothing is accomplished in the next three weeks, this would be awful for the country as so much money gets pumped into stadiums, sports bars, fantasy, Sunday Ticket, advertising on NFL-related sites.

  6. There will be no NFL in 2011,..once you realize whats going on with the owners you will see,..stop with all this daily hope,..there will be no NFL in 2011.

  7. j0esixpack says: May 12, 2011 9:21 PM

    Don’t rule out the CFL, where they fight hard for every meter, for all three downs.


  8. When you consider how many of them are pros already… and yes, I’m posting this from Columbus. gaaah.

    I’d still rather watch the Bungles or even the Brownies do their thing than suffer thru a Wash St/Cal game.

  9. Obviously you are out of touch with college football. This conference of ’10’ no longer exists.

  10. College ball is better than pro football anyway you go. Attending college football with the bands, cheerleaders, and the players actually try to win the games is the best. I would rather watch almost any college game instead of watching a field goal contest on Sundays.

  11. Perfect, this is the only way the labor dispute will get resolved anyway. When other teams creep in on the Sunday schedule, then the networks have some leverage, and hits the league in its pocket. Regardless of which side you blame, we should all be rooting for the TV Networks, they are the only ones with enough power to kick the league (both sides) in the rear to get a deal done. It takes money from the owners, and it takes money from the salary cap, affecting players.

  12. This is why the Pac-10 rejected the idea of bringing in BYU to join the conference during the expansion talks. The religious extremist Mormons at BYU refused to play on Sunday for any of the sports the conference plays in. Funny how Utah has no issue with that when it joins the Pac-12 this year.

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