Major League Baseball announced Thursday that six of the possible seven games would start before 8 p.m. ET.
"I am extremely pleased we are able to provide our fans the earliest World Series start time since 1987 with Saturday's Game 3," Commissioner Bud Selig said in a prepared statement. "The changes we made with FOX last year to start the World Series games earlier helped increase viewership including more young fans and we are optimistic that the earlier start time for Saturday's Game 3 will keep us moving in the same direction."
The lone Saturday game -- Game 3, on Oct. 30 -- will start at 6:57 p.m., the earliest World Series start time since Game 6 of the 1987 World Series and an hour earlier than last year's Game 3.
Game 4 the next night will start once FOX concludes its NFL coverage, or at approximately 8:20 p.m.
All other games will start at 7:57 p.m. ET.
FOX said Chevrolet's agreement to sponsor an earlier broadcast allowed it to move the games up.
Games 1-2 and 6-7 will be at the National League park, with Games 3-5 hosted by the American League. Pregame show times in parentheses. All times Eastern:
|Oct. 27||Game 1: AL Champion at NL Champion||FOX||7:57 (7:30)|
|Oct. 28||Game 2: AL Champion at NL Champion||FOX||7:57 (7:30)|
|Oct. 30||Game 3: NL Champion at AL Champion||FOX||6:57 (6:30)|
|Oct. 31||Game 4: NL Champion at AL Champion||FOX||8:20 (8)|
|Nov. 1||Game 5: NL Champion at AL Champion, if necessary||FOX||7:57 (7:30)|
|Nov. 3||Game 6: AL Champion at NL Champion, if necessary||FOX||7:57 (7:30)|
|Nov. 4||Game 7: AL Champion at NL Champion, if necessary||FOX||7:57 (7:30)|