Football championship sidelines Louisiana inaugural ball

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TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: The College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy presented by Dr Pepper is seen prior to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards won’t have an inaugural ball to celebrate the start of his second term in office.

The disruption to tradition is caused by college football’s national championship game.

The Democratic governor will be sworn in for his second term, along with other statewide elected officials, on Jan. 13 on the steps of the Louisiana Capitol. College football’s championship game is scheduled for that evening at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

That’s the same night that the inaugural ball would usually be held.

Edwards announced Wednesday that the scheduling conflict will sideline the ball. Tentative plans are being made for a “Governor’s Ball” in New Orleans to be held later in 2020.

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