NFL Moves Regular Season Back for Obama
Last Year, Obama Altered His Schedule for NFL
The NFL announced a change in its regular season Tuesday to avoid a possible schedule conflict with the President.
Opting to play a game on a Wednesday instead of a Thursday for the first time in more than 60 years, the NFL will open the regular season on Sept. 5, to avoid conflicting with Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention the following night, reported the Associated Press.
According to the league, it hasn’t played a game on a Wednesday since September 22, 1948, when the Rams faced the Lions.
It seems like a fair trade, considering that Obama rearranged his scheduled speech to address his new jobs plan last year to accommodate the NFL.
First, he had to change the date after Republicans complained he would be stepping on a planned GOP debate. Then he had to move the speech up an hour, just before prime time, to ensure that his remarks would be finished in time for kickoff of the 2011 season opener between the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints.
This time, the ball is in Obama’s field, you could say. However, Joe Biden's vice presidential nominating speech will be overshadowed by the change in events.