This season's Baseball - repeatedly the reason for Futurama pre-emptions - might run into a strike starting on August 30th unless an agreement between the owners and players is found:
Sports Illustrated:The mean strike duration in the past has been 2 weeks, but the average is as high as 46 days due to the last strike in 1994/95 which lasted as long as 234 days.
Players set an Aug. 30 strike date Friday, moving the sport closer to its ninth work stoppage in three decades and angering fans sick of money squabbles. [...] The St. Louis Cardinals' game at the Chicago Cubs on Aug. 30 would be the first affected by a strike. Fourteen games are scheduled for that night.
Enough Baseball babble, what's this got to do with Futurama?
FOX can't just go black screen on its Baseball Sundays. About a month ago they told that they'd be vested with "alternative programming" but wouldn't disclose details.
Pure speculation: This might mean that they have to pull the season start of Futurama and other shows some more towards September.
News Corp. President Peter Chernin:
We have put together fall launch plans that are sort of based around the playoffs and the World Series and using that as a promotional platform to help launch those series. If that is not there, I guess there won't be a promotional platform and it will disrupt our scheduling plans.