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Tough decision: Bill Clinton or football?


It turns out that former President Bill Clinton will have some stiff competition for ratings during his primetime speech at the upcoming Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

On Wednesday, Sept. 5, Clinton is scheduled to deliver his remarks at the same time the NFL opens up its season with an anticipated match-up between the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants, and their division rivals, the Dallas Cowboys. NBC will be airing the game which means Clinton's speech won't be broadcast live.

The Washington Examiner's Philip Klein suggests that Democrats have options to work around the conflict, albeit bad ones:

One theoretical option for the Democrats would be to move the Clinton speech to 7 p.m. — but that would push him out of prime-time and mean it would air at 4 p.m. on the West Coast. Also, Massachusetts Senate candidate and liberal hero Elizabeth Warren is supposed to speak before Clinton, so such a move would push her remarks even earlier. Last year, the White House moved Obama’s jobs speech to 7 p.m. so as not to conflict with the NFL opener, and it was the lowest-rated address to a joint-session of Congress of his presidency.

This isn't the only scheduling conflict facing the Democrats' convention this year.  The Hollywood Reporter also notes that many of the big ticket music attractions Dems usually rely on to perform will be tied up in Los Angeles at the MTV Video Music Awards on the night of President Obama's acceptance speech.

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