September conventions always seem to have a football impact:
The Carolina Panthers will play their first regular season game away as Bank of America stadium will be used during the Democratic National Convention, team owner Jerry Richardson said today.
Of the move, Richardson said, "in this case we were willing to do it."
Let's go back once again to the DCW vault:
McCain spokeswoman Jill Hazelbaker said yesterday the prospect of an extra-long game has caused some concern: "I had talked on background with a Republican convention planner a couple of weeks ago who said, 'Don't mention overtime. Overtime is our rain-in-Denver scenario.' "
So it remains unclear what the candidate will do if Jason Campbell is still slinging passes at 10:30. But people in the television business speculated that McCain would delay his speech until NBC starts its convention broadcast.
Update: Since the weekly schedule is not yet announced, there's no game to move, so there's not much of an impact. Carolina will just start on the road.
However, opening night of the 2012 NFL season is the same night as Obama's speech, so all that abuse we heaped on McCain in '08 will come back at us this summer.