NFL moves opening game for Obama convention speech
February 28th, 2012
08:18 PM ET
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NFL moves opening game for Obama convention speech

(CNN) - The National Football League announced Tuesday it will move its season-opening game in September in order to avoid a conflict with President Barack Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention.

Obama is scheduled to make his speech at the convention in Charlotte, North Carolina on Thursday, September 6, the same night the NFL was originally set to hold its kickoff game.

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The New York Giants, this year's Super Bowl champions, will now host the game one day earlier –Wednesday, September 6– at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

This marks the second time in a year that the White House and the NFL have been involved in a calendar change.

In September 2011, Obama agreed to move his much-anticipated jobs speech to a joint session of Congress up one hour prior to the start of the NFL's season opener between the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints on September 8.

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Filed under: 2012 • Democrats • President Obama
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Mike

    Romney is biting his fingernails right now. This race in Michigan will teach him a lesson.

    February 28, 2012 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  2. sittingduck

    Say it isn't so! The President of the United States takes precedent over NFL Football. Where are America's priorities? You would think reality has gained interest in this country. (some of you may not realize this is sarcasm, sorry)

    February 28, 2012 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  3. T'sah from Virginia

    ►NFL moves opening game for Obama convention speech◄
    Well, thank you, at least there are still some out their that respects the President of the US!!

    Obama 2012!!

    February 28, 2012 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  4. mikle

    I wish they cancel his bla-bla-bla at all. I vote for his change and I got. Nothing,nada.

    February 28, 2012 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  5. Little Jimmy Truth

    Understood that Obama disliked football season.

    February 28, 2012 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  6. gt

    lucky it wasnt nascar.. nobody would here obama speak below the mason- dixon line...

    February 28, 2012 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |

    Who cares. "Obama agreed to move his much-anticipated jobs speech" Really CNN? Who you, MSNBC and HuffPo? And who else "anticipated" the whiner's speech. All this guy does is talk. And all his cool-aid drinkers do is listen and faint. Any Republican 2012!

    February 28, 2012 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |