This is a tough call, as there are definite perks and disadvantages to being a sports fan in each of the four major time zones. Our consulting travels took us to each of the four, so we’ve gotten to experience them first-hand.
Before we dive in, take a closer look at the time zone map. Bartender – we’ll take two of whatever they were having when they drew the lines dividing Central and Mountain (look at Kansas!).
Anyway, in the spirit of leading with the answer: our favorite time zone is definitely Central. Football starting at 11 for college and 12 for pro is great, and the prime time basketball games tipping off an hour earlier than Eastern means you don’t have to mortgage the next morning to stay up and watch Steph Curry score 50.
There’s definitely a case to be made for Pacific. It was always so odd having weekday baseball games start at 9am! But the truth is, 10am is just too early for Sunday football, you have stuff to do. And on the flip side, it can be anticlimactic when it’s 9:30pm and the sports action is over for the day.
Eastern is fine and it’s nice to have extra time to set your fantasy lineups, but again at the risk of sounding like old men, the games end too late! And while Mountain time seems
utterly forgettable like a good balance between CST and PST, too many good basketball games come on during the work day.
That’s our take, Central it is. What do you think?