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Start time of CFL season opener moved to accommodate NBA Finals

The Canadian Football League has moved up the start time of Thursday’s 2019 season opener due to a clash with the Toronto Raptors’ appearance in Game 6 of the NBA Finals that evening.

The match between the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Saskatchewan Roughriders at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, Ontario, will start at 7pm ET instead of 7.30pm. The Raptors’ game against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, begins at 9pm.

To cater to intense fan interest in Canada in the Raptors’ Finals appearance, select televisions around Tim Hortons Field will switch to the beginning of Game 6 during the ongoing CFL match.

Supporters will also be able to stay and watch the rest of the Finals match on venue’s Jumbotron until its conclusion.