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NFL: We Never Wrote Donald Trump A Letter Over The Debate Schedule

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told ABC that the NFL sent him a letter criticizing the presidential debate schedule.

By Matt Moreno | July 31, 2016

The presidential debate schedule has been released and there's at least one major problem: Two of the debates fall on the same nights as NFL prime-time games. 

And with upwards of 22.5 million viewers tuning into Sunday Night Football last year, one of the two programs is likely going to lose out on viewers. 

And Republican Donald Trump isn't happy about it. 

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"It's against two NFL games. I got a letter from the NFL saying, 'This is ridiculous. Why are the debates against [us?]' because the NFL doesn't want to go against the debates because the debates are going to be pretty massive from what I understand," Trump told ABC

He backed those comments with this tweet

But the NFL supposedly hasn't written Trump, begging him to change the schedule.  

After Trump's comments on ABC, the NFL said in a short statement, "While we would obviously wish the Debate Commission could find another night, we did not send a letter to Mr. Trump."

The three debates are scheduled for Monday, Sept. 26, Sunday, Oct. 9 and Wednesday, Oct. 19. 

The Sept. 26 debate would fall on the same night as the Atlanta Falcons-New Orleans Saints Monday Night Football game. 

The Oct. 9 date falls on the New York Giants, a team from both Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton's home state, taking on the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. 

A Trump aide clarified the comments on Sunday, though, telling CNN: "Mr. Trump was made aware of the conflicting dates by a source close to the league. It's unfortunate that millions of voters will be disenfranchised by these chosen dates." 

While Trump has accused Clinton of trying to bury the debates so not as many viewers tune in, the schedule is actually selected by a bipartisan group called Commission on Presidential Debates. 

The commission decided the debate schedule roughly a year ago, and there are currently no plans to change the dates.

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