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Thursday, April 16, 2009
Madden and prime time's aversion to the West

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The relative dearth of prime-time games on the West Coast this season -- including no prime-time games for Seattle in any venue -- might make John Madden feel better about his decision to retire from broadcasting.

Madden, speaking on his KCBS radio show in the Bay Area, said he decided to retire before the NFL released its schedule for the upcoming season. The decision might have been tougher in retrospect if the Sunday night schedule featured more West Coast venues.

Madden wants to spend more time with his family. That's hard to do given the time Madden spends commuting by bus from his Bay Area home to games.

Madden on KCBS, via the Washington Post's Mark Maske: "I decided before that [schedule came out]. But if you look at the [Sunday night] games, there's not only no Raider games, no 49er games, there's no games in California. And there's only one game on the West Coast, and that was in Arizona. Everything else is in the East, so it would be the type of thing where you go away in August and you come back in January. Like I said, I just get to the point in my life that that's not the deal any more. That's not it."

The Seahawks will go without a prime-time game for the first time since 1983. Arizona plays two Sunday night games this season, one at home against the Colts, another at the Giants. No other West Coast teams are scheduled to appear on Sunday nights this season, even as a visitor.