Report: NFL moving kickoff times for night games slightly earlier

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West Coast fans probably won’t like it, but most of those on the East Coast probably will.

The NFL will kickoff its night games slightly earlier this season, according to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe.

Sunday Night Football will kickoff at 8:20 p.m. ET rather than 8:30 p.m.

Monday Night Football will kickoff at 8:15 p.m. ET rather than 8:30 p.m.

Thursday Night Football will kickoff at 8:20 p.m. ET rather than 8:25 p.m.

It should allow fans on the East Coast to get to bed at least a couple minutes earlier than in previous seasons.

41 responses to “Report: NFL moving kickoff times for night games slightly earlier

  1. What they really should do is stagger the Sunday afternoon games: 1pm, 2pm, 4pm, 5pm

  2. I get out of work when these games are in the second half. To attend a mnf, even the late week 1 game, it’s mandatory take the day off to even think about making it to the park.

  3. If I lived on the West Coast and wanted to watch a prime time game, I’d DVR it, take my time getting home from work and changing into comfortable clothes, then watch the game from the beginning, skipping all the commercials. I wouldn’t have to watch an ad until at least halftime.

  4. With the exception of the opening Thursday game and Thanksgiving they should move the Thursday night start time to either 1:00pm or 430pm eastern on Sunday afternoon.

  5. Monday Night Football will kickoff at 8:15 p.m. ET rather than 8:30 p.m.

    Thursday Night Football will kickoff at 8:20 p.m. ET rather than 8:25 p.m.

    So if they eliminate the Kickoff were totally @#$%ed? We need to keep the Kickoff.

  6. East Coasters like to tout their superiority over the West Coast, yet they cry and whine because they can’t stay up past midnight on a work night. They aren’t really so tough.

  7. It could also be that some of these games had such bad matchups, no one, from either coast would stick with watching them – especially the MNF game – just awful.

  8. All night games should begin somewhere during 7:00-7:30 PM ET
    Most will be over thankfully before 11 PM.

  9. West coast football rules. I love getting home from work, walking the mutts, and settling into a game on the DVR and SKIPPING all the commercials. Game ends at 8:30 pm and I still have a night left.

  10. I heartily support this as now, instead of getting home at 1:30 AM from a Jaguars game, I’ll get home at 1:20 and not get the look from Mrs Razzlejag.

    Solid move by the NFL. Solid.

  11. West Coast fan here. Yeah, we might miss the first few minutes of weeknight games now. I’m fine with that. The fact is we have it made on Sunday: Sleep in, watch 11 hours of almost continual football, go to bed at a reasonable hour. Life is good.

  12. I dont bother watching the night games unless its my team because it ends way to late. I dont bother watching portions so i dont get tempted to stay up. 15 mins sooner isnt going to get me to turn it on, maybe 7:30 start

  13. The NFL blew it again, who cares about the friggin west coast people, they are not real football fans, hence all the teams that have folded or moved in the past were west coast teams.
    Real NFL fans are in the eastern part of the U.S. & Canada.
    All evening games should start at 7 p.m. Eastern, so they can finish at a respectable time for those pf us that have to go to work the next day.
    Also they have to cut back on all of those stupid commercials.

  14. So they push east coast late games earlier, but won’t push west coast early games later? Despite actual west coast teams and fans wanting this?

    Insane. It’s almost as if the NFL is trying to piss some fans/players/owners off.

  15. This made me lol. And now the nfl has summed up just how ridiculous they have become haha.

  16. Start the games at 7:00 PM local time – that benefits the fans that have purchased tickets and allows them to get home at a reasonable hour after the game.

    For the TV viewers in other time zones – deal with it. They make DVR’s for a reason. Watch the game at your convenience.

  17. Nearly half the population of the United States is located EST. Less than 15% of the U.S. population is PST. Do the math. Meanwhile, if an extra hour earlier would mean that much to you on the west coast you could DVR the game and even fast forward through parts and catch up by the end. East coast (again, half the population)? Stay up late or miss the end of the game until the next day. Seems fair!

  18. rxv5854 says:
    April 18, 2018 at 4:53 pm
    That’ll fix the ratings.

    Well, the NFL ratings drop is a frequent issue raised around here to point out fan dissatisfaction with the player protests. There is zero evidence that that is the case. The NFL’s overall ratings were down 5% last year, but the major networks all averaged around an 8% drop. Cord cutters and younger folks – most of whom never “plugged in” in the first place – are the issue.

    I agree that earlier starts are helpful – hey, why can’t the Sunday night game start at 7 or 7:30pm, huh? That would be great! – but I think part of the issue, too, is that the NFL broadcasts are spread across so many different networks that it’s not always obvious where to find the games. They also need to figure out a simple, affordable streaming package that even casual fans would want to buy. MLB has done a good job with this, the NFL should take note.

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