Raiders and Chargers to play Midnight (ET) football

Raiders-Chargers will kick off at the convenient hour of 11:35 pm ET Sunday night

9/30/13 in NFL   |   JoeKukura   |   492 respect

Blog Photo - Raiders and Chargers to play Midnight (ET) football If you pride yourself in sitting through every lousy live NFL Network game no matter how meaningless and inconveniently timed, this Sunday offers quite a doozy. Thanks to the scheduling of the Oakland A's impending American League Divisional Series match-up with the Detroit Tigers, Oakland's Coliseum will not be ready in time for the scheduled 1:25 p.m. PDT kickoff of Raiders-Chargers. So Raiders-Chargers is being moved back. Way back. Raiders-Chargers will kick off Sunday night at 11:35 p.m. EDT/8:35 p.m. PDT

People, this allows you the option of watching four consecutive different live NFL games Sunday, with an approximate time investment of 13 and a half hours (including the Sunday Night Football scores and highlights show). It sounds like the behavior of a person who doesn't have a life, but I can tell you right now that I will definitely watch that 13 and a half hours of non-stop NFL football.

The NFL announced Monday afternoon that Sunday's Raiders-Chargers game will be Sunday night at 11:35 ET/8:35 PT, the latest kickoff time ever for an NFL game. The game is also moved over to the NFL Network, after originally being slated to air on CBS.

For Eastern time zone viewers, this means the game will last until about 2:30 a.m. local time.

Blog Photo - Raiders and Chargers to play Midnight (ET) football As you've perhaps noticed, the Oakland Raiders and Oakland A's share the same stadium, and are the only stadium in America that remains a dual-use football and baseball stadium. That's why you see baseball infield dirt at many Raiders home September -- and this year, in October.

The baseball-to-football field conversion takes about 18 hours, hence the delay.

The Raiders have played the San Diego Chargers late before, as part of the Monday Night Football Week 1 double-header in both 2009 and 2010. Those games started at 10:15 p.m. ET.

Those games showed us that late-night Raiders football in Oakland always offer a little something extra. Like attractive women throwing punches at stadium security.
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