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Obama's Job Speech to Last 35 to 40 Minutes, Conflicts With Pregame Coverage

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Obama's Job Speech to Last 35 to 40 Minutes, Conflicts With Pregame Coverage

According to a report at Fox News, President Obama's jobs speech to a joint session of Congress will last a little over a half hour, which is of concern to fans wanting to watch the Green Bay Packers' season-opening game against the New Orleans Saints televised nationally on NBC.

Ed Henry of Fox News writes, "A source familiar with the current draft circulating around the West Wing tells Fox that President Obama's speech in front of a joint session of Congress on Thursday is in the 35-minute to 40-minute range. Of course final edits and applause could make the speech longer."

Obama's speech is to begin at 6 p.m. Central time. NBC's Football Night in America: Kickoff Special will begin at 6:30 p.m. Central time.

Local NBC affiliates, including WTMJ (channel 4) in Milwaukee, have said they will air pregame coverage regardless and move Obama's speech to a digital channel.

For those living outside of Wisconsin wondering whether their local coverage will be affected, it appears as if the speech itself should only overlap five to 10 minutes with the beginning of the pregame coverage.

From there, it will depend upon how much analysis of Obama's speech NBC decides to air.

Kickoff will occur at 7:40 p.m.

The White House has assured the speech will be over by the time the game starts.

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chazman46's picture

Don't know for certain but are they required to have the opposing party's viewpoint aired as well? That could take more time out.
Personally I will be watching pre-game from other sources (ESPN,NFLNetwork).

Chazman's picture

Nevermind - also on Fox News - Boehner says Republicans will not offer a rebuttal.
Now those guys appreciate a good pregame.

Weird replying to myself . . . echo . . . ?

lars's picture

Nothing like Obama, the Bear fan stepping all over the Packers-Saints season opening pre-game, eh?

Glorious80s's picture

Bear fan, with a share of Packer Stock.

Chopper's picture

Who gave that piece of crap a share in my football team.

packeraaron's picture

Your football team.

dullgeek's picture

Given that ABC, CBS, FOX & PBS are going to air this, is NBC required to air it also? Is that just part of being a national broadcast network?

Wgbeethree's picture

If only there was a way to combine the speech and the pregame. Let's see empty promises and football. How could you do that? I got it! Rex Ryan interview.

lambeau the labrador's picture

Who cares about pregame? As long as I get to see kickoff then I couldnt care less about the talking heads on any station.

Go PACK go!!

packeraaron's picture

Totally agree with this - but I understand why people care about the pregame stuff. I just don't.

Glorious80s's picture

Would like to see the Super Bowl related ceremonies though.

lambeau the labrador's picture

Darn- Didnt even think of that...

Little o better get his act together and not let the applause go to his head.

Cant wait to see the clean "2010".
SO classy, kind of like (I hate to say it) the yanks when they honor a champtionship. Its like when you hand the ref the football like youve been there before.

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