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Obama Competes Against Redskins, Not McCain, on Aug. 28

Tim Craig

Sen. Barack Obama may find it won't be easy to get Virginia voters' attention on the night he is scheduled to give his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention.

On the night of Aug 28, when Obama will be officially accepting the Democratic nomination at Invesco Field in Denver, the Washington Redskins will be playing their last exhibition game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at FedEx Field. The game will be televised nationally on NBC.

The Redskins game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., earlier than usual in effort to try to accommodate Obama. NBC has scheduled the Redskins' game to air from 7 to 10 p.m. The network then plans to cover Obama's speech from 10 to 11 p.m.

So what happens if the Redskins' game drags on past 10 p.m.?

Will viewers in the Washington region have to chose between Obama's speech and the end of the game on NBC?

"NBC News and NBC sports are working together and will make any calls from a national level that need to be made," said Matt Glassman, a producer for NBC 4 news in Washington.

But if the game is over by 10 p.m., the Redskins will have handed Obama a prime opportunity to deliver his message to sports fans on NBC who may otherwise would not have been interested in watching a political speech.

By Tim Craig  |  August 13, 2008; 12:28 PM ET
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I'll continue to watch the game if it goes past 10! OVERTIME! OVERTIME! OVERTIME!

Posted by: Dwayne | August 13, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

So what time is Hillary's Acceptance speach after the roll call calls back Barack and launches Hillary into the top spot? Screw the DNC to the WALL!!!

Posted by: brad | August 13, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

This just in...preseason football doesn't count.

Posted by: tmw5g | August 13, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Jaguars lead 32-29 with 1:05 left, NBC programmers cut to the convention. Naturally.

News4 at 11 will tell viewers that Redskins came back and scored 14 points, winning 43-32.

Obama makes History, as History repeats itself.

Posted by: Heidi | August 13, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

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