I can appreciate that the subtle complexities of creating a sports schedule for
a league with 30-something teams means that sometimes unusual conflicts will
arise. But when the playoffs have narrowed the season's participants to four,
making for a maximum potential of two games at once, it seems reasonable to
expect that scheduling conflicts could be avoided. Of course, this turned out
not to be the case last night, when not only were both Major League Baseball
playoff games opposite each other, but they were also on opposite the final
presidential debate. Perhaps the office of the baseball commissioner could
invest in some high-tech infrastructure to help prevent such problems in the
future... I would think a calendar, a newspaper, and a pencil with an eraser
would be all that's required.
It's actually common practice to schedule presidential debates opposite of major sporting and entertainment events so the public won't watch. It's in the candidate's best interest for their constituents to remain in the dark.