Most of you around North America moved your clocks forward one hour on Sunday, signaling the beginning of Daylight Saving Time. The state of Washington is considering year-round DST. In the winter time, we’d see 5 PM sunsets in December but 9 AM sunrises.
Anyway, Washington legislature has a bill that has bipartisan support, and if it passes, state residents won’t have to change clocks twice a year. Congress would need to authorize it, and it would go into effect the year after the bill’s passing. However, “if Washington’s passes but is not approved by Congress, the bill says the state would then petition the U.S. Department of Transportation to change the state to Mountain Standard Time year-round instead.”
What does this have to do with the Seattle Seahawks? Well not a whole lot, but kickoff times for home games and your general football viewing could change for future seasons to come.
For the back-end of the season (November onward), Seahawks home games would be at 2:25 PM or 2:05 PM as opposed to 1:25 PM or 1:05 PM. Primetime games would be at 6:30 and not 5:30. Even on the road, we’d be watching them at 11 AM or 2 PM or 6:30. The NFL’s broadcast windows remain the same, so when it’s 4:25 in the East, it’d be 2:25 in Washington under year-round DST.
Again, this still needs to be passed through state legislature and approved at a federal level, but I imagine it might take some getting used to for Washingtonians who’ve been used to 10 AM/1 PM/5:30 PM for all their lives. That said, California is on the cusp of year-round DST, and Oregon lawmakers are looking into abolishing the clock changes, so it’s a possibility that a few years down the line, all of the West Coast states could be done with DST.