Red Sox: A special start time on ESPN for the rivalry
Sunday Night Baseball has become the marquee night for baseball. This season ESPN is giving the Red Sox and Yankees their own time slot to showcase the best rivalry in sports.
As baseball fans, we love Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN. Especially when it’s the Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees. As fans of the Red Sox when we get a chance to watch our boys in primetime, we tune in. An announcement was made by the mothership that ESPN calls themselves that their games would be moved to 7 PM instead of 8 pm.
This will give the viewer a chance to watch all the game if it ends at 10 PM. Many baseball fans have complained that the game is too long, so this is helping but there is a catch.
There are two scheduled games on ESPN for the Red Sox and Yankees. These two games will remain at 8 PM and not be moved back to 7 PM. The reason is so the US Open Tennis Final which begins at 4 PM will not bleed over into Sunday Night Baseball.
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This will help the baseball fan that turns on ESPN and has to watch tennis. While pushing the baseball game back will just make the fan be up later watching baseball. For some that must get up early for work on Monday that will be a problem, but it won’t be for all.
Now, this did not make the executives, players, and fans happy. The players are unhappy because of the travel. Being that the game is an extra hour later flights will be more difficult. The biggest problem is when the flights are going across the country. That means they will get into those cities late but have to deal with the time zone changes that’ll make the next day harder.
Now some will say they are athletes and by now they should be used to it. Travel is hard on anyone and especially when a player must get up and prepare for a game.
ESPN has not picked all their Sunday night games yet. They have chosen the first 11 games so far, the Yankees in four of those and the Red Sox in two.
The Red Sox games other than against the Yankees will be at 7 PM. Those games will be on June 2nd and July 28th. The Yankees will have a game against the Dodgers that will be at 7 PM and then they will travel to Seattle that night to play the Mariners the next day. The two games will be a strain on everyone without a doubt.
No matter the start time both games will be classics like most of the Red Sox and Yankees games are. Many of the fans will have to be awake later than they like but I have a funny feeling they will watch regardless. These games may or may not mean who wins the division, but the Yankees are licking their wounds considering that the Red Sox won another World Series.
Both teams will be featured on Sunday Baseball many times. So, if the fans don’t want to watch these games because of the extra hour they can still see their teams. I also believe that these two teams make baseball great and that is why they have given the extra hour. Once again the best rivalry in all of sports will see the big stage and the brightest lights.
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