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NFL To Open On A Wednesday To Avoid Obama Speech Conflict

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Fans celebrate the start of the 2011 season outside Lambeau Field in Green Bay. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

Fans celebrate the start of the 2011 season outside Lambeau Field in Green Bay. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

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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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