Sports start to feel Sandy’s impact

Published On October 28, 2012 | By Meredith Perri

The storm that has already caused Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to declare a state of emergency for Massachusetts has begun taking its toll on the sports world as weather concerns spurred by Hurricane Sandy have led to cancellations and travel changes, according to The Washington Post.

The Boston Celtics, who are set to play their first game of the season on Tuesday in Miami, left for the game a day early, opting to fly to Miami on Sunday so they can try to beat out the storm.

The Celtics will land in Miami Sunday evening and practice at AmericanAirlines Arena on Monday before playing a rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference finals against the Miami Heat.

With forecasters expecting the storm to wreak havoc on the East Coast starting Monday, the first game of the NBA regular season — a contest between Washington and Cleveland — could also be affected.

The Wizards have yet to alter their travel schedule, but are keeping an eye on the storm.

Furthermore, former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue has postponed a scheduled appeals hearing that was set to occur on Tuesday. Tagliabue was to oversee the hearing for the New Oreleans Saints’ bounty case.

While Tagliabue has yet to announce a new date, it is expected that he will reschedule the hearing within the next few days.

In New York, USA Luge opted to postpone a fundraiser that was set to happen on Monday.

“Hurricane Sandy has dictated that we stay home,” said USA Luge spokesman Sandy Caligiore.

The event will now happen in mid-December as the federation officials, who were traveling from Lake Placid, N.Y., said they heeded the “reccomendation of state and emergency officials.”

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Meredith is a junior journalism student at Boston University. She has covered nearly every sport for The Daily Free Press, BU’s independent student newspaper, but mainly writes about women’s hockey. Meredith has also covered Major League Baseball as an intern with SNY and Follow her on Twitter at @mere579.