Monday, December 29, 2014

Campaign will delay Game 6 first pitch

A 30-minute political spot by Sen. Barack Obama will delay Game 6 of the World Series by about 15 minutes.

Campaign will delay Game 6 first pitch

You'll have a little more time to prepare to watch Game 6 of the World Series.

That game, set for Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the American League city, will start 15 minutes later after it was announced a bit earlier today that Sen. Barack Obama has purchased a half-hour of air time that CBS, NBC and Fox will pick up. Obama's prime-time "special" will run from 8 to 8:30 that night, with the game now scheduled to begin around 8:35.

Several media outlets are reporting that this decision will cost the Obama campaign close to $3 million to air the program on at least three networks. These reports noted that ABC has not immediately returned a message asking whether it too has now agreed to a buy, a move which would create an unprecedented roadblock of the nation's biggest commercial networks.

Game time Fox had originally been scheduled to start airing the baseball game at 8:20 p.m. The series will open next Wednesday in the American League city, either Tampa or Boston. Game 2 will remain there the next night before the series switches to Philly on Saturday night, Oct. 25. The series will continue in Philly on Oct. 26 and Oct. 27.

Paul Vigna
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Paul Vigna still has the seat he wrestled out of the concrete at Connie Mack Stadium parked in the finished basement, a 1980 Phillies championship mirror hanging above it. Now, why he’s kept an autograph of former Flyer Bruce Gamble on a sheet of Hockey Hall of Fame paper is another story. A native of Philly who grew up in Lansdale, he’s an assistant sports editor at the Daily News in charge of special projects who has written two columns related to sports and consumers: View From the Seats and Savvy Consumer.

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Athletic contests were, for a long time, simply fun and games. Nowadays they’re just a small part of a sports entertainment industry that puts billions of dollars into play and a number of issues into motion. Moneyball indeed. You might be closer to the action than ever before, but that privilege comes at a price - and often it’s beyond what you can afford.

With that as the backdrop we’ll use this blog to dig out stories and swap advice about how the fan experience is changing and what it’s costing you now and in the future. Some of it will educate, some will let you vent. And in a sports panel format, it should allow for a consensus of opinion that can carry some weight.

Reach Paul at vignap@phillynews.com.

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