AD Rob Mullens apologizes for late games

By REED NELSON

The Sept. 8 game against Fresno State was the last early kickoff for three consecutive weeks.

In an open letter to Duck fans everywhere, Oregon AD Rob Mullens apologized for what will be Oregon’s third consecutive 7:30 p.m. kickoff, and their second straight at home.

“With success comes increased national interest and television exposure, which includes night games instead of day football,” Mullens said in the letter. “The Oregon brand drives television ratings, as last season three of the top ten regular season broadcasts in college football involved us, thanks to a nationwide following.

“With our run of three consecutive BCS bowl appearances and high ranking again this season, we will continue to be very desirable for the top college football television windows by our broadcast partners.”

So, in short, Oregon’s national relevance has catapulted the Ducks into primetime1.

He went on to say in the letter, “Ideally, we would choose to play our games earlier in the day so our great fans all over the region could travel easily.

“With this in mind, we will continue to advocate on your behalf regarding game times.”

Oregon kicks off at Washington State at 7:30 on Saturday.

Footnotes

  • A sort of primetime. In an alternate universe, 10:30 p.m. EST is still primetime, but not in this one. That 4:30 slot? That’s the money slot.Jump


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