Are you ready for some Democratic presidential nomination acceptance speech? You'll have to wait one more night for that, but how about some football instead?
The National Football League season opens Wednesday, one night earlier than in recent years, so the Dallas Cowboys' game against the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants will not go head-to-head with President Barack Obama's acceptance speech Thursday night at the Democratic National Convention.
Obama had wanted to speak before Congress on Wednesday, Sept. 7, a year ago, you may recall, but to avoid conflict with a Republican presidential debate that night, House Speaker John Boehner preferred that Obama speak the night of Sept. 8.
That would have put the president up against the season opener between the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints, a television collision ultimately avoided when Obama agreed to speak at 6 p.m. CDT, rather than in prime time, as is customary.
Are the NFL and NBC making way for Obama and Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday as a thank-you for them doing the same a year ago? Maybe.
While ABC and CBS go to convention coverage live from Charlotte, N.C., at 9 p.m. Wednesday, much of the nation will likely be watching pigskin on the peacock network.
Imagine how Wednesday night's featured speaker, former President Bill Clinton, feels about that.
— Rob Manker