NFL Moves Opening Day for Obama’s DNC Speech – Didn’t for McCain
The NFL has decided to move the opening game of the 2012 NFL season so as not to conflict with President Obama’s acceptance speech at the Democrat National Convention in Charlotte. 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.
Interesting. The NFL didn’t feel the need to move the opening game of the season to an entirely different day in 2008 when John McCain was giving his acceptance speech on Sept. 4th 2008. Instead they let the Giants and Redskins play on the scheduled date.
I get that he is now the President, and of course the NFL is free to schedules its games however they want. But this isn’t a major policy address, this is a campaign speech at a campaign event and the NFL should treat it as such. Or, at the very least, be consistent when moving its opening day for political campaign events.