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Published September 22, 1997
The "annual tussle" among ESPN, Fox and NBC for first- round MLB playoff games "will be finalized this week," according to an AP report in the N.Y. POST. Each wants "as many games as they can get involving the Yankees and Dodgers." MLB officials say that if the Yankees advance to the AL Championship, "they would like to switch" Game 3 of the AL series, currently scheduled for Saturday, October 11 at 4:10 pm ET, with Game 4 in the NL, currently due to start at 7:40 pm ET. The later start "would push the start of the Yankees game until after sunset, and the end of Yom Kippur ... which affects a significant percentage of their ticket holders." The move "would cost NBC a prime-time game and give an extra one to Fox, and so," MLB officials say, some TV execs "are resisting the change" (AP/N.Y. POST, 9/20).