Major League Baseball and Fox announced today that playoff games will have earlier start times this season.
Weeknight games will start at 7:57 p.m., Saturday games could start even earlier than that and Sunday games will start after Fox’s NFL coverage concludes.
"Postseason games on Fox the last couple years have been running longer. This will move the conclusions of the games back to between 11 and 11:30 p.m. Eastern time, which we think is optimum," Fox spokesman Lou D'Ermilio said.
Recently, games began past 8:30, so this change is somewhat significant. And according to this AP report, this will be the first time in more than 30 years that a World Series game will begin before 8 p.m.
These changes only affect Fox ALCS and World Series games at the moment. Bud Selig said it is undetermined whether TBS, who has the NLCS this year, will also start earlier.
Of course, this means nothing to us should the Yankees miss the playoffs again.