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Thanks to President Obama, NFL season to start a day earlier

Are you ready for some football?

OK, but how about Wednesday night football?

The NFL’s 2012 season-opening kickoff game will be played Wednesday, Sept. 5,  to avoid conflicting with President Obama’s Thursday night speech at the Democratic National Convention.

As is tradition, the defending Super Bowl champion will host the game, meaning that the New York Giants will be playing at MetLife Stadium. The opponent has not been announced.

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The game will be televised on NBC, starting at 5:30 p.m. PT.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced at the Super Bowl that Thursday night games will be a weekly staple this season, mostly on the NFL Network, and that every team will appear in prime time at least once.

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