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Political football: start of NFL season moved because of Obama speech clash

The Super Bowl champions, the New York Giants, will kick the new season off in September. Are we there yet?

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THE NFL SAYS it will open the season Wednesday, 5 September to avoid a conflict with President Barack Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention the following night.

The season usually begins on a Thursday night, but Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the change for this season on Tuesday.

The Super Bowl champion New York Giants will host the season-opener at MetLife Stadium against a team to be announced at a later date. Starting time is scheduled for 8:30pm.

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