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Dallas Stars CEO on scheduling snafu: “I take full credit or blame”

Jul 31, 2012, 10:47 PM EDT

Jim Lites

Dallas Stars President and CEO Jim Lites is shouldering the weight of a scheduling glitch regarding start times for Stars’ home games this season.

Dallas originally announced its games would start at 7 p.m. local time, a half-hour earlier than their previous 7:30 puck drops. Lites was at the forefront of the time change, and that’s where Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News picks things up:

[Lites] said he was very excited about 7 p.m. starts, talked to key people, and felt that was the best way to go about things. However, he said in the past month he has heard from broadcast rights holders, building officials, and fans, and there was a real push for the the 7:30 p.m. (or 7:35 technically) starts.

“I take full credit or blame,” Lites said. “It seemed like a great idea at the time, but then when the announcement was made and we heard from many groups who had problems with the change. First of all, the building people like the synergy of the same start time for the Mavericks and ourselves.

“I think you’ll look back and see the Mavericks switched their start times in the past, and then decided to go back to 7:30 because it didn’t work for them. In addition, Fox I believe likes the later start, and so does our radio partner (1310 The Ticket). And, most important, we heard from a lot of fans who said that it would be a problem getting to a weeknight game by 7 p.m., so we decided to switch.”

The decision means 21 of Dallas’ weeknight home games have been switched back to 7:30pm start times, including the home opener against Phoenix on Tuesday, Oct. 16. Five weeknight home games are still scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

  1. lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 31, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    Ughhhhhh come on October…

  2. bcjim - Aug 1, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    7>>>730

    People have jobs, need sleep. Id prefer 630 actually.

    • ron05342 - Aug 1, 2012 at 2:04 AM

      That building looks empty anyway, if you start the games at 7 or even 6:30 you are going to hear crickets chirping.

  3. benlovesjoyshole - Aug 1, 2012 at 7:55 AM

    consol energy center hosts the best team in the nhl. get some

    • jbrunnels - Aug 1, 2012 at 8:29 AM

      If my memory serves me correctly, the best team in the NHL plays at Staples Center, and before that, TD Garden, and before that, United Center, and before that, Mellon Arena, and before that…

      I don’t see Consol Energy Center anywhere in the equation…

      • ron05342 - Aug 1, 2012 at 8:39 AM

        Well done. Absolutely correct. :)

  4. ironmike778 - Aug 1, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    The Bruins switched to 7pm years ago and it was the best thing they ever did. Perfect time for pre-game drinking/eating and I’m on the road heading home after the game usually by 9:40. Love that half hour headstart.

    • solador78 - Aug 1, 2012 at 9:25 AM

      Bruins fan drinking and driving? Who’d have guessed?

      • kopy - Aug 1, 2012 at 10:05 AM

        You, since he didn’t say he was driving.

      • solador78 - Aug 1, 2012 at 1:25 PM

        So “I’m on the road heading home” means something different in Boston?

      • rogersjd16 - Aug 1, 2012 at 5:08 PM

        Solador – they have these crazy inventions called subways, commuter rails, buses and cabs now. Should check em out.

      • solador78 - Aug 1, 2012 at 6:23 PM

        Since when do subways and LTEs use the road?

        Just keep making up stories, trying to protect your team at all costs. It worked so well for PSU.

    • rogersjd16 - Aug 1, 2012 at 5:07 PM

      It’s good and bad. Those games against meh opponents can be half-empty until halfway through the 1st. Not end of world, and can’t complain that all the games are sold out. But still, nice to have place rocking to start games.

  5. kicksave1980 - Aug 1, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    I don’t mind the earlier start in terms of being able to get home earlier after the game, but he does bring up a good point. If a person gets off of work at 5:30 or so, it doesn’t always allow a ton of time to get to the arena. Once you figure in traffic, parking, etc. I’m not familiar with the traffic dynamics in Dallas, but I’d have to assume that they aren’t great during rush hour.

    Pros and cons to both, but I personally prefer the 7:30 starts. I’d rather be an hour early to a game than 2 minutes late.

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