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NFL kicks off Wednesday 9/5 to avoid Obama speech

Posted on: February 28, 2012 4:16 pm
Edited on: February 28, 2012 4:49 pm
 
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By Will Brinson

For the past few years, the NFL's kicked off each season with a Thursday-night game featuring the previous year's Super Bowl champion. This year, though, the kickoff will be on a Wednesday, to avoid Barack Obama's scheduled speech at the Democratic National Convention, Commissioner Roger Goodell announced on Tuesday.

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The specific Wednesday in question September 5, 2012 and it will feature the Giants, as expected. It'll take place on NBC, beginning at 8:30 pm ET, with an NFL Kickoff 2012 special airing at 7:30 pm ET.

Currently the Giants are scheduled to host the Saints, Buccaneers, Browns, Steelers, their NFC East division foes and ... the Packers. Green Bay, as the 2010 champion, makes the most sense as a potential opening game for the Giants.

The NFL has yet to announce that however, but made the information about the move from a Thursday to a Wednesday public early on.

So much for the idea that the NFL was more powerful than the President.

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Comments

Since: Jul 30, 2010
Posted on: February 29, 2012 12:21 pm
 

NFL kicks off Wednesday 9/5 to avoid Obama speech

This will be the first time in years that I miss the openning game.



Since: Jan 18, 2012
Posted on: February 29, 2012 12:10 pm
 

NFL kicks off Wednesday 9/5 to avoid Obama speech




Only President to have Trillion dollar deficits. Pretty much THE reason he's torn this country down to nothing. "Change?" Yea. Ok. He'll be known as the worst President to walk the face of this earth pal.


You are a wise man 



Since: Jan 18, 2012
Posted on: February 29, 2012 12:08 pm
 

NFL kicks off Wednesday 9/5 to avoid Obama speech



When a third party takes your income and distributes back to the SEIU, NEA, and public sector unions who inturn uses that money to put those officials right back in office what would you call it?

Today we pay income tax, Social Security tax, state tax, county tax, property tax, sales tax, gas tax, energy tax, tax on your cell phone, tax on beer, tax on tobacco, and many many others and we are told we dont pay enough. What do we get for it in return? a nation that is 16 trillion in debt and growing.

At some point will the government ever live within their means like the rest of us? They would rather have you point your finger at a person who went out and became successful and who pays over half of their income into the government who turns around and spends it on things to get themselves reelected.

If you want to fix things might I suggest a balanced budget ammendment, term limits, open our nation up to energy exploration, enforce our imagration laws, and put an end to all of the junk lawsuites by making the loooser pay court costs



I agree with you 1000% 






Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: February 29, 2012 11:56 am
 

NFL kicks off Wednesday 9/5 to avoid Obama speech

The NFL and NCAA football have an unwritten agreement to not play on Fridays because that is the night that high school football games are typically played on. It is an effort to not take attention away from the high school game. No one is requiring you to drink to watch football, and if you choose to do so when you have work the next day, you get to live with whatever consequences there may be.



Since: Oct 12, 2009
Posted on: February 29, 2012 11:54 am
 

NFL kicks off Wednesday 9/5 to avoid Obama speech

Obama makes so many speeches everyday and they're all the same garbage. The NFL game would bury him in the ratings, unless Obama appointed a Czar for the NFL and took it over.



Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: February 29, 2012 11:53 am
 

NFL kicks off Wednesday 9/5 to avoid Obama speech

Pick your provider as you wish, but the reality of the situation is that, as important as football is, NBC would not have aired the game over the convention speech. Election coverage laws require equal coverage, so if they chose not to air the DNC, they would also be giving up the RNC. The decision was made by the NFL, not Comcast (which is a conservative company).



Since: Dec 21, 2011
Posted on: February 29, 2012 11:46 am
 

NFL kicks off Wednesday 9/5 to avoid Obama speech

Thanks leckbug. I didn't even consider the NBC angle. They wouldn't dare pass on the opportuity to allow the MSNBC (DNC) crew to fawn over the Chosen One for an entire night without having to worry about some of their 100,000 viewers watching the NFL. Pucker up, Chris and Ed.



Since: Nov 1, 2009
Posted on: February 29, 2012 11:33 am
 

NFL kicks off Wednesday 9/5 to avoid Obama speech

What a wasted opportunity to move the game to Friday, when it should be scheduled in the first place. I'm sure there's some event going on that won't allow them to do this, but if it was scheduled for Friday in the first place, that's not an issue. Why is it that we have all these big sporting events on weekdays when everyone has to work the following day? NCAA Football & Basketball Championship on weekdays, Super Bowl on Sunday. Look, everyone who would drink alcohol while watching a Friday or Sat night game is still going to drink regardless of whether the game is on or not. So let's stop this insanity and put the big events on Fri & Sat so we can sleep in the next day instead of going to work on 6 hours of sleep w/ a headache.



Since: Dec 2, 2009
Posted on: February 29, 2012 11:19 am
 

NFL kicks off Wednesday 9/5 to avoid Obama speech

I too try to avoid one of Obama's speeches whenever possible.  It's a mantra to live by!  



Since: Oct 10, 2011
Posted on: February 29, 2012 11:05 am
 

NFL kicks off Wednesday 9/5 to avoid Obama speech

Has it occurred to anybody that the reason the game was moved was so the President could also watch?


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