If you're a Chargers or Raiders fan living on the East Coast, hopefully you don't have to work on Monday.
San Diego's game at Oakland on Sunday was slated to start at the usual local time of 1:25 p.m. But the A's have a playoff game in the same stadium late on Saturday night. The stadium operators needed more time to get the stadium ready for a football game on Sunday. So the NFL game will be moved back more than seven hours, to 8:35 p.m. on the West Coast, or 11:35 p.m. Eastern time. The game will be broadcast on the NFL Network and over the air in the participating teams' markets.
The late start is certainly an inconvenience for a lot of people, and the second time the powerful NFL has made concessions for Major League Baseball already this season.
The NFL usually has its defending champion host the seasons's first game on Thursday night of Week 1. But the Orioles had a game that day, so the Ravens had to start on the road at Denver. The Ravens were blown out in the season opener.
Now the Chargers and Raiders will kick off at almost midnight on the East Coast, and will probably finish at about midnight locally. For Raiders or Chargers fans who planned to attend the game and be headed out of the stadium before 5 p.m., they might not be all too happy about the sudden change.
But, for those of us who are fine with some NFL football stretching well into the late hours, it's not such a bad deal.