Get that remote ready for Sunday night

Posted: October 06, 2010

Fans around the Delaware Valley will have a busy Sunday night with their remote control.

Major League Baseball announced that Game 3 of the Reds-Phillies series in Cincinnati will start at either 7:07 p.m. or 8:07 p.m. It moves to the later start if the Yankees-Twins series finishes in three games, meaning the Phillies-Reds would be the only prime-time game.

Of course, the only prime-time NFL game Sunday is the Eagles visiting San Francisco with an 8:20 kickoff.

Philadelphia sports fans were faced with the same situation in 2008 when a Phillies division series game against Milwaukee started at the same time as an Eagles-Redskins game. The Phillies advanced to the National League Championship Series with a 6-2 win in Game 4. The Eagles ended up losing, 23-17.

Fans in Cincinnati were spared the dilemma. The Bengals host Tampa Bay at 1 p.m. at Paul Brown Stadium.

Their issue was more logistics. The Bengals' stadium and Great American Ball Park are about four blocks apart with parking and a housing and retail center in between. Complicating matters even more is that "Disney on Ice" is at U.S. Bank Arena with shows at 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday. The venue is on the opposite side of the ballpark, away from the football stadium.

The popular riverfront area is big enough to host all the events simultaneously but there are not enough parking spaces so the city would have had to use shuttles. Not to mention forcing fans who have tickets to both games to make a choice.

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