Request denied: Warriors can’t push tipoff vs. Nets to accommodate 49ers fans

Sports fans in the Bay Area will have their attention divided early Sunday evening.

The San Francisco 49ers take on the Dallas Cowboys for an NFC Divisional Round playoff game at 3:30 p.m. PT at Levi’s Stadium. Then at 5:30 p.m., the Golden State Warriors will tip off against the Brooklyn Nets at Chase Center.

The Warriors requested to push back their start time until after the 49ers game, but the request was denied, league sources told this news organization. In order for a request to be approved, the league, the Nets and the networks broadcasting the telecast — NBC Sports Bay Area, YES Network and NBA TV, in this case — would need to sign off.

The Nets are on the last stop of a four-game West Coast road trip and expected to fly back to the East Coast right after Sunday’s game before taking on the 76ers in Philadelphia on Wednesday.

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Fans on the other side of the 49ers-Cowboys rivalry won’t have the same issue Sunday.

The Dallas Mavericks rescheduled their game to accommodate Dallas-area fans who want to watch the Cowboys-49ers game. The Mavs’ game against the Clippers will tip off at 11:30 a.m. PT after it was originally scheduled to begin an hour into the Cowboys’ game against San Francisco.