MLB denies request to play FB games Oct. 11, 18

Minnesota Gophers football fans are loyal to all Minnesota sports teams. However, a recent ruling by Major League Baseball might have hardcore fans hoping the Minnesota Twins don't make the playoffs.

Minnesota fans are loyal to their teams, whether it be the Minnesota Gophers, Twins, Wild, Timberwolves or Vikings.

But apparently Major League Baseball isn't accomodating to Gophers football fans.

Major League Baseball has informed the University of Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletics it will not grant the University's request to play its home football games on Oct. 11 and Oct. 18, on the same day as the Major League Baseball playoff games.

With the help of Sen. Norm Coleman, the Minnesota Twins and the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, the U of M Athletics Department hoped to work out a solution with MLB to play its football games vs. Michigan on Oct. 11 and Michigan State on Oct 18. Major League Baseball has priority in the Metrodome for the American League Championship Series and the World Series and denied the request.

"This is a setback, but we are still looking at other options," Athletics Director Joel Maturi said. "Possibilities include changing the dates of the games or the site of the games, but we will continue to explore any and all options to keep the games in Minneapolis and in the Metrodome."

A final decision on when and where the games will be played will not be made until Sept. 28, the last day of the Major League Baseball regular season. If the Minnesota Twins make the playoffs, the Oct. 11 game will be moved. If the Twins win their Divisional Series and qualify for the American League Championship Series, then the Oct. 18 game will also be moved.

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