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NBC, White House work on NFL scheduling conflict

Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI
Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI

UNDATED (WSAU) 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.

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Meanwhile many ticket brokers say the prices for the Packers-Saints game have come down. Thursday night games tend to have lower demand, since the games fall during the work week.

Some tickets were going for as much as $300 a seat. Some ticket services have cut those prices in half because of slow sales.