Game moved back to 1 p.m.

Updated: September 1, 2009, 8:47 PM ET
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- ESPN and Major League Baseball have agreed to switch the starting time of a New York Yankees-Boston 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. ET. It had been changed to 8 p.m.; Yom Kippur, a day of fasting and atonement, begins at sundown that evening.

"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 p.m.," Commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement.

ESPN will still televise the game.

Earlier this year, the NFL agreed to move the start time of the New York Jets' home game against the Tennessee Titans on the same day from 4:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. That change was made after Jets owner Woody Johnson sent a letter to commissioner Roger Goodell suggesting the switch, so that fans could arrive home before sundown.


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