The Dallas Stars grand experiment of 7 p.m. starts is over before it began.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Stars announced that 21 weeknight home games, which had originally been scheduled to start at 7 p.m., would be moved back to the more traditional start time of 7:30 p.m. There are still five weeknight games with 7 p.m. starts, but those are required to start outside a national-game-time window.
To his credit, Stars president Jim Lites gave a fairly detailed explanation of the change.
"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."
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