BOCA RATON, Fla. -- We can imagine one of the first questions President Obama will have for staff members right after tonight's debate with Mitt Romney:
Anybody got a Bears score?
And tonight's Monday Night Football game between Obama's Chicago Bears and the Detroit Lions -- Romney's local team as he grew up in Michigan -- is only one big sports event competing with tonight's debate.
In baseball, the San Francisco Giants host the St. Louis Cardinals in the deciding seventh game of the National League Championship Series. The winner faces the Detroit Tigers in the World Series, which starts Wednesday night.
The competing sports events may well cut into the ratings for the debate.
ESPN has another idea: watch the debate on TV, and Monday Night Football on its computer or tablet apps.
The first face-off between Obama and Romney on Oct. 3 drew 67.2 million views, according to the Nielsen ratings.
The second debate scored 65.6 million television viewers.
Will this one crack 60 million, given the competition?