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Obama trumps suspended World Series game

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 28th 2008 4:26PM
baseball logoHow long will baseball fans have to wait to watch the end of game five of the World Series between the Phillies and the Rays? Well, it'll be at least another day. Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig has canceled tonight's resumption of the suspended game five.

Oh, and you know that Barack Obama ad that is going to be shown from 8-8:30 on NBC and CBS (but not ABC)? It's also going to be on Fox, too. The World Series game will be pushed back to accommodate the Democratic Presidential candidate.

Don't flip out and cry foul! The TV gods anticipated that there might be a conflict when they sold the time slot to the Obama campaign. In fact, they had the opportunity to turn them down. But Fox was inclined to take the ad revenue.

When Fox made the deal for the time, the network agreed to delay the start time of the game to 8:35 p.m. should there be a game on October 29. They didn't know about the suspended game in advance, but there was a possible game on that night. MLB, which you figure might be upset, can't squawk.

Basically, baseball has allowed TV to dictate the way the postseason is presented. For years, World Series games were shown in the daytime -- under the sun -- and not on primetime TV. To make the most money for the games, which Fox pays a pretty penny to MLB to get the rights to broadcast, all World Series games are now under the lights.

Ironically, if yesterday's game had begun in the afternoon -- like 3 p.m. for instance -- it would have been completed before the rains came. If you were watching last night, you saw both teams struggle to play through a cold, nasty, unrelenting rainstorm. Finally, after Tampa Bay tied the game in the sixth inning, the game was suspended.

If the game had not been canceled today, the game would have began at 8:20 p.m. on Fox. The new plan -- tentatively -- is to resume game five on Wednesday night at 8:35, after the Obama show.

So now, the only problem for baseball fans is this: how do you wait when your stomach is in knots? Phillies' fans are on the brink of winning the series, just one more run over the next three innings -- and keeping the Rays from scoring -- and they'll be world champions.

By the way, baseball really never should have even started the game last night. The conditions were atrocious and instead of giving both teams a chance to play their best ball, they were slogging through mucky, muddy turf and fighting the elements. Bad weather makes football games fun. The same cannot be said of baseball.

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Danielle

At the start of the game, it wasn't raining, so they played. As time went on, the rain came and then got worse. GO PHILLIES! I hope they take it tonight! :D

October 29 2008 at 11:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Thom

Adam, I agree with your claim that it would be impossible for anyone to obtain the LSAT or GRE scores you obtained, unless they walked out of the testing facility after putting only their ID information on the testing materials.

To act pretentious is to make unjustified claims. You did not say, "based on previous posts, the next 20 comments will go something like this."

Rather, in a pathetic and asinine manner, you made a declarative statement as if it were fact, before any evidence had accumulated. That is unjustified and therefore pretentious.

Now, run along and feed that pathetic little ego of yours somewhere else.

Sidebar - loved the ad, already voted for Obama, and it had no impact on the actual game.

October 29 2008 at 8:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Docc Occ

The Obama ad only would affect the pregame show.

October 29 2008 at 7:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JBCheese

Politico is reporting that Obama had no effect on the start time of the game.

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/1008/Fox_exec_Obama_didnt_delay_baseball.html#comments

October 28 2008 at 8:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
scott

Presidential politics during an election year should trump primetime TV and baseball anytime. if you don't wanna watch you don't have to.
There is nothing more important than this in our day to day lives... and yeah, even if the red sox were in it again I'd say the same thing... ;-)

October 28 2008 at 6:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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RevJonathan

I agree that the election is more important than politics, but this is just a glorified infomercial. There's no balance and nothing to be gained by this.

If you don't know enough about the candidates after the longest election season ever then watching a 30 minute ad about one candidate is not going to help make an informed decision.

October 28 2008 at 6:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
RevJonathan

Of course, I meant to say the election is more important than baseball.


Typo fairy strikes again.

October 28 2008 at 6:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JW

It's not like we don't see any regular campaign ads....

October 28 2008 at 6:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
RevJonathan

I don't like this at all.
We all know Barack Obama is going to win this election. Since he got tons of campaign cash, he gets to run half hour ads in primetime which is just excessive. I don't need to see campaign propaganda since this election has run for at least 18 months now.

We all get it, we all know his positions, let me just watch the damn World Series. I was never going to vote for him in the first place, but I'd like to think that there are other people out there who'd be annoyed by what feels like an intrusion.

October 28 2008 at 5:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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driftwood

Really though, once every four years isn't that much of an intrusion. Besides as I'm sure others will say, change the channel, or complain to the networks.

October 28 2008 at 5:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Adam

The next 20 comments will go a little something like this.

Thinly veiled racism, a comment that shows a poor understanding of systems of government, nonsensical outrage, attempting to tie something which has no relation to them personally to their moral sesibilites, and a closing statement which illustrates the commenter barely graduated high school.

October 28 2008 at 4:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Joel Keller

Last night was bad, but I think a relatively recent WS game (in Cleveland in the nineties, maybe?) was played in the snow, so it wasn't the worst I've ever seen it.

Although those earflap baseball caps both teams were wearing were pretty atrocious.

October 28 2008 at 4:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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