NFL to open season on a Wednesday night to avoid Obama speech

Chris Chase
February 28, 2012

The NFL will begin its 2012 NFL season on a Wednesday night in order to avoid conflicting with President Obama's nominating speech at the Democratic National Convention.

Roger Goodell made the announcement that the regular season will begin Sept. 5, one day earlier than the traditional start on the first Thursday of the month. The defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants will host the opener.

It will be the league's first Wednesday game since 1948.

Obama is scheduled to make his nomination speech on Thursday, Sept. 6 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.

This marks the third time in five years that presidential politics and the NFL opener have overlapped. In 2008, the league moved up its Thursday opener between the Giants and Washington Redskins to 7 p.m. ET in order to avoid conflicting with John McCain's nominating speech at the Republican National Convention.

Last year, Obama did the adjusting, switching a scheduled jobs speech to 7 p.m. so it wouldn't bleed into NBC's coverage of the Green Bay Packers-New Orleans Saints game.

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