Major League Baseball Agrees to Fox’s Request to Delay Game 6 of World Series 15 Minutes to Air Obama TV Ad

By Lee Speigel

Oct 15, 2008 7:57pm

In order to accommodate the half-hour TV ad Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., purchased for Wednesday, Oct. 29, Fox has requested and received permission to delay the 6th game of the World Series by 15 minutes.

The Hollywood Reporter and the Los Angeles Times report that Major League Baseball today granted Fox’s request to delay the start of the game from 8:20 pm ET to 8:35 pm ET.

Fox will collect an estimated $1 million in ad revenue. CBS and NBC have also agreed to run the 30-minute campaign ad.

In September, in deference to Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., NBC asked the National Football League if it could move up the game between the reigning Super Bowl champion New York Giants and the Washington Redskins from 8:30 pm ET to 7 pm ET. 

NBC was contractually obligated to air the game until its very end, even though it coincided with the last night of the Republican National Convention, and it wanted to make sure the game had concluded by the time McCain came to the podium to accept the Republican presidential nomination.

Nonetheless, RNC spokesman Alex Conant issued a statement assailing Obama for the move, saying, “It’s unfortunate that the World Series’ first pitch is being delayed for Obama’s political pitch. Not only is Obama putting politics before principle, he’s putting it before our national pastime.”

- jpt

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