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Obama Ad Pushes Back Start of World Series Game on Fox

Major League Baseball has moved back the scheduled start time of game six of the World Series so Fox can join CBS and NBC in airing a half-hour Barack Obama advertisement on Oct. 29, network and league sources said.

A network spokeswoman confirmed the buy and said MLB had agreed to the network’s request for the delay.

Fox now joins CBS and NBC in airing the half hour program, the content of which the Obama campaign has declined to describe.

The decision means that the Obama campaign is now spending close to $3 million to air the program from 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. that night.

ABC didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment on whether it too has agreed to air the ad from the Democratic presidential candidate.

If ABC agrees to air the ad, it would create an unprecedented roadblock of the nation’s biggest commercial networks for a political candidate.

Fox had originally been scheduled to start airing the baseball game at 8:20 p.m. but is now expected to start the game at 8:35 p.m.

(Editor: Baumann)