NFL To Open On A Wednesday To Avoid Obama Speech Conflict

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL says it will open the season Wednesday, Sept. 5, to avoid a conflict with President Barack Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention the following night.

The season usually begins on a Thursday night, but Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the change for this season on Tuesday.

The Super Bowl champion New York Giants will host the season-opener at MetLife Stadium against a team to be announced at a later date. Starting time is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. EST.

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  • billyderwfirecrew

    how nice of rodger to do this but i think obama was a basket ball fan .

  • Blue Dog Browns Fan

    Nice of the DNC to choose the NFL’;s opening weekend. That’s twice in under a year Obama and the Dems have chosen to make big speeches on top of NFL games, right?

  • Dan Rakow

    I like to see the NFL have a Common Schedule now that Thursday Night Football is now expanded.
    Between Week 1-16 I would like to see twelve games to be played on Sunday Afternoons in addition to the three prime games and Bye Weeks with two teams.
    All thirty two NFL Teams to play the last week of the regular season for Week 17.
    Main purpose for this is in order for Direct TV’s NFL Sunday Ticket to keep them in Buisness as much as possible.

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