Baseball Game on Jewish Holiday Changed

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

WASHINGTON (AP) — ESPN and Major League Baseball have agreed to switch the starting time of a Yankees-Red Sox game to avoid conflicting with Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar.

ESPN told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the Sept. 27 game was returning to its original start time of 1 p.m. EDT. It had been changed to 8 p.m. to accommodate the ESPN schedule.

Yom Kippur begins at sundown.

A Democratic congressman from New York City, Anthony Weiner, had sent a letter to baseball commissioner Bud Selig and ESPN President George Bodenheimer urging that the game be returned to its original afternoon start time.

Weiner told the AP that ESPN and major-league baseball had done the right thing.

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