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Sorry, Xavier, I'll be in bed

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

I'm a big sports fan, just like a lot of you probably are.

Maybe it's because I'm getting older, but I find myself getting increasingly frustrated by the big business of sports.

The latest example; Xavier's 10:09 p.m. tip-off in the Sweet 16 Thursday.

The Musketeers are a great story: Another Sweet 16 berth in the NCAA Tournament, lowest seed left in the tournament.

What's not to like?

They play in San Jose out on the West Coast, so I get the time difference - but 10:09 p.m.?

I'd guess that there's not going to be a ton of people here in Cincinnati who see the end of that game.

At least not if they want to be functional at work or school the next day.

Sadly, this is just the way sports is now.

When I was a kid, I remember watching Duke-UNLV and Michigan-Seton Hall with my friends and still being in bed relatively early.

I work overnights at a FOX station so every fall, I cross paths with the night crew who are here well past midnight for World Series games.

I mean, what happens when the Reds make the World Series?! Yes, they'll make the World Series again someday.

I know I'm not the only parent whose kids will be up way later than they should be to watch, then hear stories about how they catnapped in the middle of class.

What's wrong with 8 or 8:30 p.m.?

Maybe I’m way off base, or just an old curmudgeon, but sports leagues need to do a better job, in my opinion, of catering to its clientele and that's the fans!

Make games more accessible. Make the tip-offs or first pitches earlier.

I’m sure it won’t happen anytime soon.

The leagues have partnerships to worry about and I’m sure they pay big money to know what time is the best time for a game, but hey, a guy can rant, can’t he?

So good luck, Xavier, I probably won't be able to watch, but I'll be pulling for you.

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