TAMPA (CBS Tampa) - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers moved their Wednesday night game time with the Washington Redskins up a half hour to 7 p.m., after station officials at WTSP asked the team to alter their schedule for the sake of airing Paul Ryan’s acceptance speech.
The Tampa Bay Times is reporting that the station initially planned to air the speech at 1:30 a.m., to end out the broadcast day after the game, to be played at Fed-Ex Field.
But in the interest of showing Ryan, the vice presidential nominee for the Republican party, speaking closer to prime time, the teams were asked to move up the game by a half hour.
“Especially in Tampa and Washington D.C., this is an important convention,” Ken Tonning, general manager of WTSP, told the paper. “It’s our obligation to make sure we’re able to serve the community.”
Other National Football League teams have reportedly altered their game times to avoid the conflict.
The pre-game and post-game shows will also allegedly be dropped, to allow for more RNC coverage.
Ryan’s speech will now be aired at 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 29.