ESPN to Kick Off NFL Season

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In what would be a first for the network, ESPN is set to air the opening game
of the 2002-03 National Football League season during a special Thursday-night
Sept. 5 telecast.

Sources close to the situation said ESPN will air the New York Giants-San
Francisco 49ers game prior to the league's scheduled Sept. 8 Sunday-afternoon
opening day.

The telecast is an addition to ESPN's annual 16-week NFL Sunday Night