Hey NBA, Let’s Be Honest About Start Times
The National Football League does a lot of great things. I know that makes people cringe who do not like the NFL, but it’s true. One of the examples of this is start times. If a game starts at noon, we’re kicking off five minutes or less after. The same goes for the 3:25 or 7:20p games. They do not miss it. NBA doesn’t follow the same sort of process. Instead, they tell you that a game is starting at 5:30p, but in reality, there is a 20-minute pregame before the game actually tips off. Therefore, Bucks fans, if the game is at 5:30p, it is truly starting at 5:50p. This is silly, amateur shit from the NBA.
It would be nice if TNT just said the game is starting at 6p versus 530p.
— Charlie (@SnoTapWI) August 31, 2020
Based on this response from Bucks fans, people were very unhappy with this and for good reason. 5:30p is a brutal start time. I get why they do it because it is in Orlando and the next game needs to get going around 8:00p. Yet this is tough for people whether they’re getting home from work or trying to fit something in like walking the dog, doing a household chore, etc. If you know the game starts at 6:00p, that gives you an hour before the game actually starts. But this is the one thing I told my Bucks fans last night, you now know these games are on at 5:50p. A lot of things can get done with 20 extra minutes.
ESPN and Turner just need to say ‘NBA Pregame Show’ from 5:20-5:50p, start the game at 5:50p, and the next one around 8:10. It is pretty simple. Instead of trying to almost trick fans to watch a pregame show. I love Kenny, Chuck, Shaq, and Ernie but let’s be honest here.