Steelers-Bengals Get Yom Kippur Bump

With the NFL moving the September 27 game between the Titans and Jets from 4:15 p.m. EDT to 1:00 p.m. EDT in order to ensure that the contest is completed before the start of Yom Kippur at sundown that same day, the league needed to slide another game featuring an AFC franchise as the road team from 1:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. EDT.
CBS televises all Sunday afternoon games involving two AFC teams (or one AFC team when the AFC team isn’t the home team), and FOX broadcasts all Sunday afternoon games involving two NFC teams (or one NFC team when the NFC team isn’t the home team).
The other games that could have been bumped from 1:00 p.m. EDT to 4:00 p.m. EDT were Browns at Ravens, Jags at Texans, and Chiefs at Eagles.
The late games of the CBS doubleheader also include Broncos at Raiders and Dolphins at Chargers.  

33 responses to “Steelers-Bengals Get Yom Kippur Bump

  1. The Bengals don’t care if its Yom Kippur, Christmas, Easter, or Thanksgiving…… they’ll take a bump any way they can get it.

  2. What about (Eid) al Fitr and Ashura? What is the NFL doing about those scheduling conflicts? You wanna get nuts? Lets get nuts!
    Here’s a thought… you might have to choose between sports and your religion.

  3. I think if a good percentage of a team’s season-ticket holders was left out of the first 2 games of the season (for whatever reason), the team would ask the league to make some type of change.

  4. @ElCabong: When you have money/power, you have a say in things, and thus you can have both sports and religion.
    And furthermore ElCabong — no, we don’t want you to “get nuts”. I’ve already seen what happens to my country when you “get nuts”.

  5. You know, I’m steamed that the Browns don’t play the Giants on National TV this year! Don’t tell me about records. I just know that we’d like to whip a little more of that ass on National TV again.

  6. yom kippur is the holiest day in jewish belief….
    it is a quiet day for reflection about life and growth….
    it is what christmas used to be …before it was turned into a pimped out
    tv-retail holiday…
    dont hate …. just learn to stay out of the way

  7. Lets be real. A VERY large percentage of football fans and players do not observe this holiday.

  8. Maybe it is just me, but this is a sport and if you are a fan who needs to miss a game because of adhering to your religious beliefs, then that is fine and I respect you for it. Nor will I fault you for it. But I do not think that the NFL needs to get into this cycle to avoid playing at certain times on certain days, etc. We have had Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Games in the NFL for the longest. We have had games on Saturdays for the longest. We need to keep the traditions that this game has been founded on (except the Lions playing every Thanksgiving Day) and made it so popular. Otherwise the NFL will start to lose fans.

  9. Everyone could make jokes all you want, but this is a serious issue for many people. In New York, many season ticket holders are Jewish and shouldn’t have to choose between their religion or their very expensive tickets. Not only that, but there are a few NFL players who wouldn’t like to play on Yom Kippur too. I remember one year, it was a concern for Jay Fiedler of the Dolphins. This year the NFL is also playing on Christmas evening, I would have no problem there either if people were upset about it.
    Whatever your opinion on religion is, or Jewish people is, or the NFL, people have the right in this country to complain when they pay thousands of dollars for 8 games, and will have to miss one of them due to the ignorance of the NFL schedule makers.
    No matter how big the NFL gets, it needs to remember it serves us, if we all decided to stop watching tomorrow, it would be nothing. Hopefully, this situation serves as a reminder to the top-dogs of the NFL that there are things in this world more important than football, and that they should continue to respect and honor those things, so we continue to respect the National Football League.

  10. If “yom kippur is the holiest day in jewish belief….
    it is a quiet day for reflection about life and growth….”
    Then …
    there should be no question in ones mind who is Jewish what choice they should make and the very thought of the NFL should have to move games to accommodate this belief should not come into one’s thought process. Otherwise said person is not truly one who has his /her priorities in line with his / her beliefs.

  11. The problem is that observant Jews who are season ticket holders would have to miss 25% of the regular season home games…because the opener is on Rosh Hashana.
    It seems reasonable for the team to try and avoid having a good chunk of the season-ticket holders (and suite holders…and sponsors) miss 2 out of 8 games.

  12. I have an answer for iambananaman1, that is Pay for 6 or 7 games instead. Maybe you have to give up your guaranteed seat location, but that is the choice you make and the rest of us thousands of fans who look forward to when the NFL has traditionally played its games should not have to sacrifice to make you totally content. I am a Fins fan and would have respected if perhaps Fiedler could not have played that one game because of his beliefs. But I don’t want the Dolphins having their schedule changed because of a few players beliefs.

  13. @imabananaman1 – sorry dude. i am an observant Jew and while it is a real bummer when the Ravens play on a holiday there is no question about what to do. Football is football. It is fun. It is interesting. It is a game. The Ravens play at 1 pm and the game will be over prior to Yom Kippur starting and I still can’t go. Why? It is the most holy and awesome day of the year. It is not the type of time that you come into by being wild at a football game for 3 hours and then thinking about all of the things you did the previous year that you regret.
    It is an easy answer. DVR the game and sell you tickets. If you don’t want to do that, you have the option to go to the game. If that makes you feel queasy on the inside – good. It should. In the grand scheme of things drinking a beer and screaming for you team doesn’t measure up to one of the Days of Awe.
    At least that is my opinion. As Jews you choose to have expensive tix to the games. You choose whether to listen to your conscious or listen to your evil inclination. If that creates spiritual turmoil, then you should spend the time and think hard about what is really important. If it is football, then so be it. But don’t speak for all Jewish people. It is a 30 second bummer for me and then its over. FYI – I never miss games unless it is a Sabbath or a holiday. I travel every year to see my team. I used to drive 6 hours every Sunday am up from Ft. Bragg to go to the games. So I think I qualify as a fanatic.

  14. So I guess there are no Jewish season ticket holders in any of the other NFL cities that may be playing a night or twilight game during Yom Kippur…??? I mean, if you’re going to do it for one don’t you need to do it for all? This is silly.

  15. To respond to ppdoc, very well said. Whatever choice one makes he cannot be criticized for it. Just don’t cry to all of us who make similar choices that it is not fair for you. Football is a sport. Catholicism, Judaism, etc. are Religions. Do not confuse them.

  16. ——————————————————————————–
    Population of US: 303,000,000
    Football Fans: 180,000,000
    Jews in US: 6,000,000
    Jewish Football Fans: 1,800,000
    Why make adjustment to schedule for what amounts to 1% of the fan base???

  17. The only reason the league plays on Christmas eve and Christmas day is money. The players should be allowed to choose wheter or not to play not TV. The players if the really care should make that demand in the new CBA.

  18. Record it and watch it later, which is what I do if I have to miss a game for whatever reason.

  19. As a man of the jewish faith, and an avid football fan, I thought I should give my two cents. The fact of the matter is that the football season starts whent he football season starts. It is like this every single year in September. The NFL is played on Sundays. That is just how it is. It just so happens that Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (which are only 10 days apart) happen to fall on the first two weekends of the NFL calendar this year. I hate it as a jew just as much as the next guy as I planned to go see my boy Jay Cutler in Lambeau. But to be honest, the NFL plays their games on Sundays, what do you really want them to do about it. The only part people that I partly understand where they are coming from are the people from New York. There is a huge jewish population in New York, and I am sure they contribute to a ton of the season ticket holders in New York. So obviously those football teams acted accordingly to try and accomodate their best customers. I have no problem with that. But, from one jew to all you other jews out there, go to Synogogue or Temple on those days and repent, and don’t whine because the high holidays fell on Sunday this year. The NBA or MLB have a lot of games, they can be more flexible. The NFL has 16 games and play 1 per week, its hard to be flexible. Its not a big deal, this is why I have DVR.

  20. As a Jew from Cincinnati I have to register my… complete and utter not caring. I’ll watch the bungles get pounded any time any where!!!! Any holiday! Gimme a KC Christmas beatdown!!

  21. jmsgleason says:
    April 28th, 2009 at 2:03 pm
    I have an answer for iambananaman1, that is Pay for 6 or 7 games instead. Maybe you have to give up your guaranteed seat location,
    not possible these are PSL’s all or forfeit PSL

  22. Iron Helmet, it’s a lot more than 1% in New York
    And … I’m sure da observant Jewish folks in Cincinnati are thrilled about this one.
    Then again, it is a great excuse not to see the Bungles play.

  23. What a slap in the fact to all of the hebes in Cincy and Pittsburgh. I can’t believe how much the NFL gives in to the GD New York teams. I hope the J-E-W-S! JETS ! JETS! JETS! lose every game this season!

  24. I guess it would be too much to ask for those who are going to miss the game for the holiday to just sell their tickets and DVR the game for later. I have as much respect as anyone for religion but this entire situation is baffling. I don’t recall anything like this ever happening so there isn’t any set precedent in what to do. But, if this is now the new precedent for these situations, it’s a bad one, IMO.

  25. This yom kippur will be a day of pain and reflection for the steelers,I will pray and meditate for the serious injuries they will incur.
    Shalom and amen.

  26. bengalfan says:
    I’ll watch the bungles get pounded any time any where!!!! Any holiday!
    You’re sick in the head you pervert.

  27. Cram jones says:
    I am an illiterate fool,their is not any team called the bungles ?
    Do not attempt to speak for me, you are cleary not equipped.

    yom kippur is the holiest day in jewish belief….
    it is a quiet day for reflection about life and growth….
    it is what christmas used to be …before it was turned into a pimped out
    tv-retail holiday…
    dont hate …. just learn to stay out of the way
    Don’t hate? You are probably one of the first people to cry about people being biast. Don’t downgrade the christmas holiday by calling it a retail holiday when people actually celebrate it for what it is. That being said I would watch the Steelers whoop some ass on Christmas Day and would not expect the NFL to change it. Who cares? Give it a rest and stop trying to start a holy war.

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