NFL Obama: NFL Opener & Obama

March 1, 2012 by staff 

NFL Obama: NFL Opener & Obama, Powerful as the NFL is, it’s making way for President Barack Obama. Opting to play a game on a Wednesday for the first time in more than 60 years, the NFL will open the regular season on Sept. 5, to avoid conflicting with Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention the next night.

The Super Bowl champion New York Giants will host the Wednesday night season-opener starting at 7:30 p.m. CDT; their opponent hasn’t been announced yet.

According to the league, it hasn’t played a game on a Wednesday since Sept. 22, 1948, when the Rams faced the Lions.

The NFL regular season has started on a Thursday since 2002.

This year’s change was announced by the league on Tuesday.

49ers, Brooks agree to extension: Ahmad Brooks always wanted to stay in the Bay Area, a place that has become a new home after all those painful memories of getting cut by Cincinnati four years ago, and the San Francisco 49ers sure made it hard for him to leave.

Now the two are tied together long term.

Brooks signed a six-year, $44.5 million contract extension with San Francisco on Tuesday that will take him through the 2017 season and keep one of the NFL’s best linebacker units intact. The deal is worth $17.5 million guaranteed, said his agent, Greg Williams.

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