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Saints-Giants to start before MNF on Sept. 19

The New Orleans Saints and New York Giants will play their rescheduled Week 2 game on Monday night, Sept. 19, at Giants Stadium, league sources have told ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

Kickoff will be 7:30 p.m. ET and will begin as an ABC national telecast before switching to regional status in the New York and New Orleans markets and also some Gulf Coast markets to accomodate the regularly scheduled Monday night game between the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys at 9 p.m. ET. ESPN will pick up the remainder of the Saints-Giants telecast at that time.

An announcement is expected later Monday, the sources said.

The game between the Saints and Giants originally was scheduled for Sept. 18 at the Lousiana Superdome but was moved to the Giants' home in East Rutherford, N.J., last Friday because of the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina.


The New York Jets, who share the stadium with the Giants, are
scheduled to play at home against Miami on Sept. 18.

NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue said the Saints and Giants had agreed to donate part of the
gate receipts from the game to the hurricane relief fund.

The Saints, who spent the past week on the West Coast, are
moving their headquarters to San Antonio for the immediate future.

The Alamodome in San Antonio, which holds 65,000, had been
considered a strong possibility for the game.

Tagliabue indicated, however, it was best to get the game out of
the area struck by Hurricane Katrina. The Alamodome and other
facilities in the San Antonio area, a little more than 500 miles
from New Orleans, are being used to shelter hurricane victims.

Tagliabue said he made the decision to move the game to the
Giants' home stadium after consulting with Saints owner Tom Benson
and other officials.

"There are many reasons for this decision," Tagliabue said,
"including recognizing that the overwhelming priority for public
and private resources in Louisiana and the Gulf Coast region in the
weeks ahead must be the essential needs of the public and
restoration of the area's infrastructure."

The Saints will open at Carolina on Sept. 11 before playing the
Giants.

"Our main concern is with the people of Louisiana and the Gulf
Coast region who have experienced the recent tragedy," Benson
said. "We are attempting to carry on in these difficult times and
are looking out for the best interest of our coaches, staff,
players and their families. My prayers are with each of those who
have been adversely impacted."

The last game to be moved was two years ago, when wildfires in
Southern California caused a game between Miami and San Diego to be
moved from San Diego to Phoenix. Last season, the starting time of
a game in Miami between the Dolphins and Pittsburgh Steelers was
moved from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. to allow Hurricane Jeanne to move
through south Florida.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.