With Hurricane Ivan threatening to hit the Miami area on Sunday, the NFL yesterday moved up by a day the game between the Tennessee Titans and the Dolphins to 1 p.m. Saturday at Pro Player Stadium.
"Moving the game to Saturday will enable emergency personnel and others in the Miami community to focus on preparing for the approach of Hurricane Ivan," the NFL said in a written statement.
Dolphins President Eddie Jones said the team had consulted with Miami-Dade County Mayor Alex Penelas before recommending to the league that the game be played Saturday.
"The authority to move this game is the commissioner's," Jones said. "They [league officials] were simply asking for our input and advice as to what we thought. We told them that we had talked to the mayor and in our opinion, playing Saturday at 1 o'clock would give us the best chance to play the game in the safest environment for everybody involved. They took that into consideration and later made the call to move it to Saturday."
The Titans also preferred a Saturday game.
"There are an awful lot of things that went into this decision," Titans Coach Jeff Fisher said at a news conference. "What they have tried to do is take into consideration the aspects that affect everybody -- the Dolphin organization, the people in Florida, the league, of course us and then anybody associated with this ballgame."
The game will be televised live by CBS affiliates in both clubs' home territories and on a delayed basis Sunday at 1 p.m. on DirecTV's NFL Sunday Ticket.