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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