Sunday Night Baseball moving up one hour


ESPN will move up the starting time of the nationally televised Sunday Night Baseball game by one hour, with the first pitch planned for shortly after 7 p.m. EDT.

Philadelphia hosts Atlanta in the first Sunday night game next season on March 31, the second game of a television doubleheader that begins with Texas playing the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Among other Sunday night games next year will be a World Series rematch between the Dodgers and Red Sox at Fenway Park on July 14, three games between the Red Sox and Yankees (June 2 and Aug. 4 in the Bronx, July 28 in Boston) and the Little League Classic with Pittsburgh and the Cubs playing Aug. 18 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

ESPN started the Sunday Night Baseball telecast in 1990, and it developed in a showcase time slot. It nearly always is the only game scheduled for that time.

“We are extremely proud that for 30 seasons Sunday Night Baseball remains the destination for baseball fans come together each week,” Burke Magnus, ESPN Executive Vice President, Programming and Scheduling, said in a statement. “We’re also proud of our three-decades long relationship with Major League Baseball, which is more dynamic than ever. We will continue to innovate and try new things, as fans enjoy MLB’s best on Sunday nights, like they have since 1990.”

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