The NCAA men’s national championship game between Kansas and North Carolina starts Monday at 9:20 p.m. ET.
Maybe that’s a reasonable time for college students, especially the Jayhawks and Tar Heels supporters hoping to celebrate a victory all night.
For everyone else, particularly those on the east coast, it’s too darn late for a school night.
I would like to say for the 50th time that it is dumb that the NCAA championship tipoff is at 9:20 p.m. on a Monday 💀
— Mary Tyler March (@mtmarch) April 4, 2022
Time to have the men’s NCAA hoop championship game on a Sunday. A 9:20 p.m. EST tipoff is too late for us East Coast fans.
— firstname.lastname@example.org (@henrytelegram) April 4, 2022
this 9:20PM start time is egregiously disrespectful
— Ashley Nicole Moss (@AshNicoleMoss) April 5, 2022
Officially taking my seat at the Old table because I find tonight’s 9:20 start time physically repulsive
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) April 4, 2022
The NCAA starting its championship game at 9:20 p.m is absolutely ridiculous.
Just beyond dumb
— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) April 4, 2022
Starting the game at 9:20 gotta be a federal crime in all 50 states.
— Chris Williamson (@CWilliamson44) April 4, 2022
I may need one of these for Tuesday with that 9:20pm tipoff time….WTH https://t.co/RciE4y59jS
— Coach Feeley (@DCBCoaches) April 4, 2022
Given the extra pomp and circumstance around the championship clash, fans may not see a victor declared before midnight. That’s a problem for those who have work or school the next morning.
Unfortunately for fans, TV executives have decided this is the best time to optimize revenue. As a result, countless children (and adults) will have to wait until the next morning to find out which team cut down the nets.
This time isn’t a new development, but it hits fans like a ton of bricks every year. Especially those of us who need our eight hours to function.
The NCAA tournament finale is set to begin soon on TBS. Maybe sleepy fans can take a nap at halftime.
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