Will you watch the debates or sports?
Donald Trump is upset about football. He’s concerned that two of the three upcoming presidential debates will be going on at the same time as NFL games. He believes that a debate will place him in a better light than the media soundbites that make him seem like a maniac. And he may have a point.
What’s interesting is that we live in a nation that prioritizes football above who we will have as our leader. It seems that people aren’t able to make a distinction between anyone that appears on their television screens. They just want drama and they seem to get more of it from grown men playing ball for millions of dollars.
We need to pay attention to this election. We need as much information as we can and see where really these candidates really stand. The more exposure the better. If the president wanted to issue a good executive order, instead of amnesty, he could delay these NFL games so that more people would watch their debates. The future of the country is more dependent on their outcome than which team scores a touchdown.
The NFL is not the only possible diversion to the proposed debate schedule is also up against the Major League Baseball season regular season is scheduled to end on Sunday, October 2, 2016. That means there will be the playoffs and the World Series could be extended into November.
In 2015 the Kansas City Royals beat the New York Mets in six games to win the World Series with the deciding game six being played on October 26th. That would put them just one week out from the elections if World Series goes as it did last year.
How about college football?
Starting in August and running through November they have football scheduled every night from Tuesday through Saturday. That means every night during the fall campaign no matter what night a debate is scheduled there is could be at least one sporting event that could draw viewers away from debate viewing.
The Commission on Presidential Debates made the schedule last September after consulting with officials in both parties. The first two debates conflict with National Football League games: on Monday, Sept. 26 (Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints) and Sunday, Oct. 9 (Giants vs. Green Bay Packers). A third presidential debate is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 19, and a vice-presidential debate is set for Tuesday, Oct. 4.
The commission stood by its decision, saying it “selects the debate dates a year in advance in order for the television networks to have maximum lead time and predictability in scheduling these extremely important civic education forums,” and added that it “believes the dates for the 2016 debates will serve the American public well.”
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