The Commission on Presidential Debates has dismissed the accusation, saying in a statement that the scheduling process began more than a year ago to identify possible conflicts.
“The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) started working more than 18 months ago to identify religious and federal holidays, baseball league playoff games, NFL games, and other events in order to select the best nights for the 2016 debates,” the statement reads.
“It is impossible to avoid all sporting events, and there have been nights on which debates and games occurred in most election cycles. A debate has never been rescheduled as a result.”
This year, the debate on Sept. 26 will be held during a Monday night Falcons vs. the Saints game, while the Oct. 9 debate will air during a Sunday night Giants vs. Packers game.
“As a point of reference, in a four-year period, there are four general election debates … and approximately 1,000 NFL games.”
It does seem a little strange that they couldn’t get any debates on a night without a football game.
But I think the bigger picture here is… we can’t pry people away from a completely useless football game in order to pay attention to what is happening in the election process – and who they are voting for – for five minutes, let alone an entire debate or several. People who have decided that football is more important than anything else are going to waddle themselves into the polling centers to vote in November without much knowledge other than what a completely biased media – including the commentators for those useless games – has hammered into their heads, and they won’t research any of it because it cuts into their football time.
Because who cares, right? Deflated balls and dabbing are far more important than the future of our nation and rights.