Yankees-Sox to play at 1 p.m. on Sept. 27
Start moved to afternoon to avoid Yom Kippur conflict
The Yankees and Red Sox announced Tuesday that the time of their game on Sunday, Sept. 27 has been switched to avoid conflicting with Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar.
The game will now begin at its original scheduled time of 1 p.m. ET and will be televised exclusively by ESPN. The start time had earlier been changed to 8 p.m. to accommodate the ESPN schedule, but Yom Kippur begins at sundown.
The change came after Anthony Weiner, a Democratic congressman from New York City, sent a letter to Commissioner Bud Selig and ESPN president George Bodenheimer asking that the game be returned to its original afternoon start time.
"I am pleased we were able to resolve this sensitive issue that impacted many baseball fans and are able to move the game at Yankee Stadium to 1:00 p.m.," Selig said in a statement. "I want to thank our broadcast partners at ESPN, especially ESPN president George Bodenheimer, for their support and for working with us to adjust the timing of this game which has allowed us to solve this conflict."
Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.