Per an official press release and announcement from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, the 2012 NFL season opener kickoff game will be moved to Wednesday, September 5th. In years past, the opener was on Thursday Night. The reason for the change is to not create a conflict with President Barack Obama’s Thursday night speech at the Democratic National Convention.
The only details we have regarding the opening game is that it will be the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants hosting a team to be determined. Kickoff is at 8:30pm EST with NBC’s pre-game coverage starting at 7:30.
Of course there have been plenty of politically-charged comments regarding the move ranging from semi-legitimate to blatantly racist. In all honesty… do you really caer that much? It is still an inconvenient weeknight. If you want my opinion, Sundays in the fall and winter are for football. To hell with Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Monday night football games. They can all be cancelled for all I care.
The official release from the NFL is as follows:
NFL Kickoff Game to be Played on Wednesday, Sept. 5
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NFL KICKOFF GAME TO BE PLAYED ON WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 5
The 2012 season-opening NFL Kickoff game will be played on Wednesday, September 5 (NBC, 8:30 PM ET), Commissioner ROGER GOODELL announced today.
The game will be played on Wednesday to avoid a conflict with President Barack Obama’s Thursday night speech at the Democratic National Convention.
The Super Bowl XLVI-champion New York Giants will host the season-opener at MetLife Stadium. NBC will televise the game at 8:30 PM ET and NFL Kickoff 2012 beginning at 7:30 PM ET.