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NBC Television and the White House are in ongoing discussions over coverage of President Obama’s jobs speech and the NFL kick-off between the Packers and Saints.
Yesterday the White House announced that the presidential address would be over before kickoff at 7:30 next Thursday. But NBC was also planning to show extensive pre-game coverage, including some live concerts outside Lambeau Field about an hour before the game.
Many Wisconsin NBC affiliates want the network to offer feeds of both the NFL pre-game and the president’s speech, and let the local channels decide which one to carry. NBC has also sold out its pre-game sponsorships for the NFL opener — money that might be refunded to the advertisers if the broadcast plans change.
The pre-game activities might be moved to the NFL Network — with the game itself staying on NBC.