After the Cleveland Indians knocked off the Toronto Blue Jays last week to win the American League pennant, Northeast Ohioans found their elation at the Tribe earning the right to play for their first Major League Baseball championship in 68 years briefly punctured by a sticky sports fandom dilemma.
Game 1 of the 2016 World Series between the Indians and Chicago Cubs — who, as you might have heard, also haven’t won a title in a while — will take place at Progressive Field in Cleveland, and begin Tuesday night, Oct. 25, at 8:08 p.m. Eastern time. There was another pretty big event slated to happen in Cleveland at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, though:
That’s right: Tuesday marks the regular-season opener for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who back in June bested the Golden State Warriors to win their first-ever NBA championship. Before that kickoff contest against the New York Knicks, the Cavs will receive their 2016 NBA championship rings and hoist their championship banner to the rafters of Quicken Loans Arena. The simultaneous events put Cleveland fans in a difficult spot: should they tune in to watch the cap-off celebration of the city’s first pro sports title in 52 years, or the opening festivities of the city’s first World Series game in 19 years?
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Well, worry not, Clevelanders: the NBA and the Cavs acted quickly to give you and your viewing habits a little bit of wiggle room.
NBA moving up opening night game on TNT to 7:30pm/et from 8pm/et. @cavs ring ceremony on TNT begins at 7pm/et.
— NBA (@NBA) October 21, 2016
By bumping the scheduled tipoff of Cavs-Knicks up to 7:30 p.m. ET, the NBA also moved up the scheduled start of the ring ceremony and banner-raising by 30 minutes. That means fans will be able to tune into TNT at 7 p.m. ET to watch LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and the rest of the Cavaliers receive their hard-earned bling.
— Dan Gilbert (@cavsdan) October 21, 2016
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The shift allows fans at home a chance to check out both events, which is pretty neat, considering the magnitude of the occurrences for two of the city’s premier franchises. And, from the sound of it, the staff at Quicken Loans Arena might also be working on a way to let those in attendance for Cavs-Knicks catch at least part of Cubs-Indians Game 1:
— The Q Assist (@TheQAssist) October 21, 2016
The Knicks and Cubs will both be eager to spoil the celebratory atmosphere in downtown Cleveland, of course, but no matter what, it ought to be an electric environment for a pair of happenings several decades in the making.
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