The Oakland Athletics hot chase to October had threatened the Raiders-Chargers game for much of September now with the A’s in the ALDS against the Detroit Tigers there was no possible outcome other than a schedule change for the sake of the A’s and the Raiders.
Sunday’s game between the Raiders and San Diego Chargers has been postponed from day to night.
A kickoff delayed until 8:35 p.m. was announced due to an Oakland Coliseum conflict between the A’s and the Raiders involving the MLB Playoffs. The Oakland Athletics play Game 2 of the ALDS at 6:07 p.m. on Saturday night against the Tigers, and the conversion from ballpark to football stadium would take too long to play the highly anticipated Raiders-Chargers AFC West battle at its original afternoon start time.
The game will be broadcast nationally on NFL Network. A local television affiliate is expected to pick up the game as well however local blackout restrictions could apply should the game somehow not sell out, doubtful considering it is a game between AFC West rivals.
The Raiders made the announcement shortly after Major League Baseball released start times for this weekend’s postseason games.
Speaking before the announcement was made this afternoon, Dennis Allen said at his press conference that a delayed kickoff wouldn’t impact his team’s preparation for the Chargers.
“As far as the weekly routine and how we go about things, not a whole lot will change,” Allen said. “If we change anything, it will be something we do later in the week. We’ll see.”
If you are planning on travelling to Sunday’s game, expect a late return on Monday with the delayed kickoff.