NEW YORK (AP/CBSNewYork) — 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 following night.

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The Super Bowl Champion New York Giants will host the Wednesday night season opener starting at 8:30 p.m. Their opponent hasn’t been announced yet.

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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.

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