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When Debate Schedulers Drop the Ball

In the timeless words of Hank Williams: "Are you ready for some ... foreign policy?"

Suffice it to say, that political pitch doesn't inspire quite the same excitement among many Americans as does the famous Monday Night Football theme song. And if you're the Commission on Presidential Debates, therein lies the problem.

The Commission on Wednesday announced its finalized schedule and format for this fall's quadrennial debate series, consisting of three presidential contests and one showdown between the vice presidential nominees. The announcement ignited a renewed sense of anticipation among political junkies. But a close examination of the debate itinerary reveals sports-related conflicts that could threaten to siphon from the presidential spotlight a sizable chunk of persuadable potential voters. Here's an overview of the debates, and the competition they face:

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