NFL season to start on a Wednesday

The Jets take on the Giants during a preseason game at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford,...

The Jets take on the Giants during a preseason game at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., Aug. 16, 2010. (LUCAS JACKSON/Reuters)

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NEW YORK - The 2012 season-opening NFL game will be played on Wednesday, September 5 instead of the traditional Thursday night start.

The change was made this year 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 8:30 p.m. ET contest at MetLife Stadium. Their opponent has yet to be determined.

The last NFL game to take place on a Wednesday occurred on September 22, 1948 (Rams-Lions).


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