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A's and fans irked about time change

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  March 14, 2008 12:45 PM

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FORT MYERS, Fla. - Apparently the Oakland A's and their fans aren't pleased with a game-time change for the April 2nd game at the Coliseum. The game was originally scheduled for 7:05 p.m. PST but will now be played at 12:35 p.m.

But the Red Sox say the time change was negotiated with major league baseball and the Players' Association at the time the negotiations took place for their trip to Japan to play the A's. Sox president Larry Lucchino confirmed that in an E-mail.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the A's had nothing to do with the decision, but the Players Association argued that the Red Sox needed time to adjust to eastern time to get ready foran April 4th game at Toronto after a day off on April 3rd.

"We would prefer not to change the time, obviously," A's President Michael Crowley told the newspaper. "It's not ideal."

The A's, like most teams, enjoy big attendance when the Red Sox come to town. Most people buying the tickets had bought them with the idea the game was at night.

The A's TV rights-holder KICU (Channel 36) is now not carrying the game because they do not carry in-week day games. A prime time game against the Red Sox would have been a ratings boom.

"We haven't had any calls today," Crowley said. "We're hoping that by getting the information out quickly, people can make alternate plans if they need to."

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