To be fair, the NFL also moved the 2008 season opener to a different day so it wouldn’t interfere whatsoever with John McCain’s acceptance speech. What? Oh, nevermind.
From CBS News:
National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Tuesday that the NFL is holding its opening game of the 2012-2013 season on Wednesday, September 5 in order to avoid conflict with President Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention, scheduled for the next night.
The game, hosted by the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants, will begin on September 5 at 8:20 p.m. Eastern Time. The opposing team has yet to be determined. Mr. Obama’s speech on September 6 is set to be held at Charlotte, North Carolina’s Bank of America Stadium.
A Democratic official told Hotsheet that Democrats did not request the change.
“The decision to move the NFL season opener was made by the league alone, not at the request of the [Democratic National Convention Committee] or Obama Campaign,” said the official.
Instead, the game will be played at the same time Joe Biden will be giving his acceptance speech, so the good news is that you’re likely to see some fumbling no matter which one you decide to watch.
There hasn’t been an NFL game on a Wednesday since September of 1948, but I don’t think it had anything to do with the league giving deference to Harry Truman.
(h/t Right Sphere)