I was watching Outside the Lines on ESPN today and they were talking about this very interesting story about a team forfeiting a playoff game because the start time of the game fell on the Sabbath.
Since the game fell on the Sabbath and the team wanted to observe it, they have decided to forfeit the game. Their appeal to change the start time of the game was denied.
I am on the fence on which side I want to be on. If I was the on the side of the rules committee, my argument would be that it would be unfair to change the start time for one team. There might be a lot of difficulties in doing so too.
If I was on the team, I would want to stay true to my religion and find any alternative possible. I have a lot of respect for these boys for choosing their faith over basketball.
Rescheduling is the hardest thing. Had the Beren basketball team received the OK for a reschedule, then won, the next game would have also required a new start time. It’s a lot of movement and expenses that have to be considered to make that happen.
Was this the best resolution to the problem? Could it have been handled differently?