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Yes, there is an authority higher than ESPN

Sep 2, 2009, 8:20 AM EDT

The Yankees-Red Sox game on September 27th was originally scheduled for 1PM.  ESPN, as is their wont, moved it to 8PM so that those of us who so rarely get a chance to see the Yankees play the Red Sox on ESPN could do so.  Slight problem: Yom Kippur begins at sundown on the 27th, which would have prevented a big swath of baseball fans from enjoying the game. And maybe Kevin Youkilis too, who suited up for Yom Kippur in 2004, but didn’t play.

Following some arm twisting from New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, however, there has been a change of heart, and the game has been moved back to 1PM:

The congressman said that ESPN had the contractual right to change the
starting time. “There is the contract, there is the major league rule
book, but then there is a higher authority that was dictating a lot of
this for fans,” he said.

NBC will still have the Colts-Cardinals Sunday Night Football game, however, so the Gentile and non-observant among you may still enjoy some sports that evening.

  1. Jason @ IIATMS - Sep 2, 2009 at 10:08 AM

    Sandy Koufax approves this message

  2. JL - Sep 2, 2009 at 12:43 PM

    I wonder what would happen if they did this for a Muslim holiday.

  3. Kramer - Sep 2, 2009 at 1:59 PM

    3,000 years of beautiful tradition from Moses to Sandy Koufax, your damn right I’m living in the past.

  4. Craig Calcaterra - Sep 2, 2009 at 2:02 PM

    Lebowski FTW!

  5. Dave - Sep 2, 2009 at 5:44 PM

    Wouldn’t it be ironic if Youk hits a game-winner to move the Sox into first place…Rep. Weiner will be grateful Judaism doesn’t have excommunication.

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