Football 1, Sailing 0

Yup, if ever it’s clear that our sport still has strides to make in widespread popularity, it’s when sailing is put up against football in America. If you’re one of the 40,000 that planned on attending the Houston Boat Show on Saturday, think again.

Saturday’s playoff game between the Texans and the Cincinnati Bengals will force a one-day suspension of the 56th annual Houston International Boat, Sport and Travel Show, the Gulf Coast’s largest outdoors-related consumer show set to run Jan. 6-15 in Reliant Center.

The show, which packs more than 1,000 recreational boats into Reliant Center and focuses on boating, angling, camping and other outdoor recreation, typically draws as many as 40,000 people on a Saturday, said Ken Lovell, executive director of the Boating Trades Association of Metropolitan Houston, which organizes the event.

Simultaneously hosting two major events at the Reliant complex is logistically impossible.

“The parking situation would be just a total nightmare,” Lovell said.

While Boat Show organizers would rather not have to lose one of their high-traffic days, “everybody’s pretty excited about the Texans being in the playoffs; it’s a great thing for Houston,” Lovell said

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