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Obama's speech will be over before Packers opener


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - President Obama will speak to Congress and the nation next Thursday night to discuss his economic agenda.

But the White House says the speech will be over before the Packers start playing the New Orleans Saints in the NFL’s regular season opener in Green Bay.

The speech had been planned for Wednesday night, but Republicans cried foul because it would have conflicted with a GOP presidential candidate debate. So the White House moved the speech to Thursday night – and that got Cheeseheads concerned.

The speech will most likely take place during the league’s “Kick-off Concert” that NBC was planning to show. But the concert will also be on the N-F-L Network.

NBC will show the Packer game, with the kickoff at 7:30.

The “Peacock Network” will also broadcast from Lambeau Field during the “Today Show” next Thursday morning. Matt Lauer and Al Roker will be there. “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” is taping a segment in Green Bay with Packer fans. The Weather Channel, CNBC, the “E” entertainment network, and the Telemundo Spanish language channel are also planning segments from Titletown next Thursday.

State deputy tourism secretary Dave Fantle says the promotion and excitement is like a quote, “mini-Super Bowl.”

Green Bay expects over 100,000 people for the free concert and the game.

The concert features Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum, and Maroon Five.