A rich man’s problem atypical for Cleveland, the continued celebration of one team’s championship will conflict with another’s attempt to claim its own title.
The Indians will host either the Cubs or Dodgers on Tuesday night to start the World Series — the Tribe’s first since 1997 — and that date conflicts with the Cavaliers’ 2016-17 season opener against the Knicks, when the city’s hoops franchise’s banner will be raised at Quicken Loans Arena next door to Progressive Field.
To accommodate the wide cross section of fans who enjoy both teams’ work, the Knicks-Cavaliers tilt will be moved to 7:30 p.m. ET, per Brian Mahoney of the Associated Press, which will allow fans to watch more of the World Series tilt and not have a conflict with the Cavaliers’ pregame celebration.
Initially scheduled to tip-off at 8 p.m. ET, the roughly 2 1/2-hour game — which will be preceded by the Cavaliers raising their first championship banner — will end midway through the Indians game as they attempt to win their first World Series championship since 1948. Game 1 of the World Series is set to start at approximately 8 p.m. ET.
The Cavaliers and Indians previously made the playoffs collectively in 2007 and could have created a similar conflict, but the Spurs swept the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals that season while the Red Sox erased a 3-1 deficit to oust the Tribe in that fall’s ALCS. Cleveland’s teams fared better in their 2016 championship bids, with LeBron James leading a 3-1 comeback to help the Cavaliers stun the Warriors before being much more supportive of his hometown baseball franchise than he was in 2007 as a Yankees supporter.
James has attended multiple Tribe playoff games and celebrated the Indians’ Game 5 victory in a Cleveland-area bar with teammates and fans. The start to his 14th NBA season will begin a half-hour early as a result.