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