2007 World Series to start on a Wednesday

In an
effort to boost sagging ratings for the World Series, Major League Baseball
will announce Monday that the 2007 Fall Classic will start on Wednesday instead
of Saturday, USA Today reported.

A
Wednesday start will allow baseball to avoid playing on Friday, which is TV’s
second-least watched night after Saturday. If the Series goes to a Game 5, it
also would go head-to-head with ESPN’s Monday Night Football.

According
to USA Today, Game 1 will be scheduled for Wednesday Oct. 24. If the Series
goes to a Game 7, it will be played on Nov. 1, the first time baseball has
scheduled a World Series game in the month of November.

It won’t
be the first time a Series game has been played in November, however, as the
Yankees and Diamondbacks played into November 2001 after the season was delayed
after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11 of that year.

MLB
president Bob DuPuy told USA Today that baseball considered starting the World
Series on a Tuesday, but that would mean a Series game would be played on a
Friday, and avoiding a Friday night game was a priority for the league.