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NBC, White House work on NFL scheduling conflict


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.