Damn Republicans……always messing stuff up (I kid, I kid). Apparently John McCain was to be accepting the Republican Party’s nomination the same day and time that NBC was kicking off next year’s NFL Season. Well according to Reuters that’s no longer the case…..

The National Football League and NBC will likely move up the time of the league’s September season opener so it won’t conflict with presidential nominee John McCain’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention.

Since 2002, the NFL has held its season opener on the first Thursday night after Labor Day. This year, the game runs smack into the final night of the convention, when McCain will officially accept the nomination and give a nationally televised speech from Minneapolis.

So, the NFL and NBC have agreed in principle to have the kickoff at 7 p.m. ET instead of the traditional 8:30 p.m. That would mean, except in the event of an overtime, that the game would end before NBC’s expected one hour of convention coverage for the night.

The move comes with several risks, including a loss of audience since the game would start so early on the West Coast. Also, it could impact any pregame special or entertainment that the NFL or NBC could schedule. It would, though, give NBC News a strong lead-in to its convention coverage.

I’ve maintained for years that they should start games at 7pm regardless of what’s going on out West, and hopefully something will get in the way of the NBA Playoffs this summmer because games ending at 2 AM are just ridiculous. Anyone know if the Democratic Convention is in Oakland this year?

NFL season opener yields to McCain speech (Reuters)

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