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Doubleheader is the term used to describe two baseball games played between the same two teams on the same day.

Today, a doubleheader is generally the result of a prior game matching the same teams postponed due to inclement weather. Most often the game is rescheduled for a day on which the two teams play each other again. In some cases, this may be weeks or months after the original date. Formerly, however, originally-scheduled doubleheaders were a regular feature of the schedule; this changed when the Major League Baseball Players' Association won a package of concessions from the owners, which, in addition to virtually abolishing fixed doubleheaders entirely, also called for no team ever to be scheduled to play on more than 19 consecutive days.

There are two types of doubleheader games, day-night and twi-night doubleheaders. A day-night doubleheader is one in which the first game is played in the early afternoon and the other is played at night; in this scenario, spectators have to pay twice to gain admittance to both games. In a twi-night doubleheader, the first game is played in the twilight, or late afternoon; then fans get to see both games for the price of a single ticket.

The term doubleheader has also been expanded by network television to refer to two games in any sport aired back-to-back on the same network, even though they do not involve the same two teams (three such games may be referred to as a tripleheader, this scenario being encountered most frequently in basketball). In football, the two networks covering Sunday afternoon games — FOX and CBS — take turns airing doubleheaders during the regular season (with the other network only being permitted to broadcast one game in a specific market), with restrictions applying to any market in which the local team is playing at home that week.

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