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Presidential address could conflict with NFL’s opening night

U.S. President Obama poses for a picture with Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers at the White House in Washington Reuters

There’s an intriguing political scrum that could make things very interesting for the NFL and NBC next Thursday night.

As explained by the Associated Press (among others), President Obama wants to address a joint session of Congress on the evening of September 7, to lay out his new jobs proposal.  But that conflicts with a California debate of Republican presidential candidates.  The debate will be televised by MSNBC.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has declined, citing not the debate but the impact of a time-consuming “security sweep” on the activities of Congress that day, the first day on which the legislative body returns to work.  Boehner has suggested as an alternative:  September 8.

And on September 8, the Packers host the Saints on NBC.

Either way, NBC is caught in the middle.  If Obama — a Bears fans — opts to try to overshadow the kickoff to the NFL season, and if NBC opts to televise the address to Congress on MSNBC and to proceed with the football game on NBC, the ratings could be phenomenal, given that the NFL would be the only major-network alternative for the millions of folks who have decided that the latest developments in partisan politics no longer need to witnessed live.

Or at all.

UPDATE (10:14 p.m. ET):  It’s official.  The speech has been moved to September 8.

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90 Responses to “Presidential address could conflict with NFL’s opening night”
  1. jacunn2000 says: Aug 31, 2011 7:45 PM

    Good. That will only help his approval rating.

  2. rethinklogic says: Aug 31, 2011 7:45 PM

    Based on approval ratings, the president could be blacked out locally

  3. bucforever says: Aug 31, 2011 7:46 PM

    I my vote is for football if any body asks!.

  4. 7pints says: Aug 31, 2011 7:47 PM

    This president is not even worth mentioning. Makes Jimmy Carter look like a savior.

  5. andrewfbrowne says: Aug 31, 2011 7:47 PM

    They move debates and political speeches in Canada, in Quebec last year they even moved an election, to cover Hockey, I don’t see the problem of having it on other networks. Reality is there is so much exposure in the media nowadays so if you want to watch the president you can find him pretty easily.

  6. drevilstolemymojito says: Aug 31, 2011 7:49 PM

    Wow, I’d never allow myself to be photographed with that d-bag. You decide who.

  7. burgandyandgold says: Aug 31, 2011 7:49 PM

    Jeez, Obama would not be trying to interfere with the game. He would be running the country. Maybe the Republicans should agree to the original date. But then they’d have to compromise with a black man, something they are genetically not be able to do.

  8. doowix says: Aug 31, 2011 7:49 PM

    “President Obama wants to address a joint session of Congress to lay out his new jobs proposal.”

    Hmm, watch that mess on every other network or watch the kickoff of the NFL season on NBC? Yeah I agree, ratings could be phenomenal.

  9. SpartaChris says: Aug 31, 2011 7:49 PM

    NFL > Obama.

    Not like the guy has anything worth saying anyway..

  10. allisab says: Aug 31, 2011 7:49 PM

    Boehner sucks.

  11. radrntn says: Aug 31, 2011 7:50 PM

    ez decision…football is more important , then the two headed monster…aka republicans, & democrats….show the game, and Obama can reschedule.

  12. whatsafairway says: Aug 31, 2011 7:52 PM

    What football?

    Watch the narcissist in chief?

    Damn, guess I need another drink to make up my mind…

  13. nflrulz says: Aug 31, 2011 7:52 PM

    Jobs plan? HAHA! Please don’t run for a second term.

  14. nflsucker says: Aug 31, 2011 7:53 PM

    We’ve learned that Obama has no clue how to play offense anyway, so he might as well fumble the speech intentionally and let the other side run with it.

  15. beastofeden says: Aug 31, 2011 7:53 PM

    He is only gonna spew lies. I’d rather watch football then listen to some snakey Chicago politician blow smoke

  16. cadillacjosh says: Aug 31, 2011 7:54 PM

    Well Obama’s speech will be something every American should listen to. But who cares when football is on?

  17. joelvis72 says: Aug 31, 2011 7:56 PM

    Surely the politicos (both parties) in DC aren’t THAT stupid.

    No, wait, they are.

  18. trbowman says: Aug 31, 2011 7:58 PM

    Are you kidding me? If I cared about watching this, I’d turn on MSNBC. Don’t try to mess with the return of football.

  19. footballfanatical says: Aug 31, 2011 7:58 PM

    There’ll be five times more false starts from Obama’s economic stimulus and jobs plan than there will be in the football game.

  20. eaglesfan290 says: Aug 31, 2011 8:00 PM

    Hmmmm listen to Obama tell people he has a plan as Unemployment hits 15% or actually watch some of the only people who have jobs in the USA play football! I pick football.

    The only question is what will be higher by the election his approval rating or the unemployment #’s!

    Sad but we need a new President now!

  21. knn9413 says: Aug 31, 2011 8:00 PM

    Football puts smile back on the face of the americans than ….

  22. KIR says: Aug 31, 2011 8:02 PM

    Also, an address on opening day is a very bad decision.

  23. really2011 says: Aug 31, 2011 8:02 PM

    No need to understand the fact that the President wants 9/7. I am certain that Grand Wizard Bush could get some of the bloggers to turn off football in the same set of circumstances. As the Word says… How can two walk together lest they agree?

  24. zeussuperman says: Aug 31, 2011 8:07 PM

    burgandyandgold says: Aug 31, 2011 7:49 PM

    Jeez, Obama would not be trying to interfere with the game. He would be running the country. Maybe the Republicans should agree to the original date. But then they’d have to compromise with a black man, something they are genetically not be able to do.

    ————————————-

    Exactly! Although we should be fair – it’s not his being black that prevents them from getting along with him, it’s that he’s slightly less inclined to help rich, old white men get everything they desire as the Republicans are.

    So while I’m sure that personally, a lot of the Republicans dislike Obama’s blackness, much of their obstruction here really only relates to them being power hungry d-bags.

  25. welzy says: Aug 31, 2011 8:08 PM

    Let’s see, Saints vs Packers at Lambeau Field for the first game of the NFL season against an Obama speech. That’s like deciding between the Super Bowl and a fishing show. The NFL would love that matchup.

  26. bigjimatch says: Aug 31, 2011 8:11 PM

    No need to go up against the Football. The President’s job plan has 3 easy steps:

    1. Steal underwear
    2.
    3. Profit

  27. leatherface2012 says: Aug 31, 2011 8:11 PM

    trying to kill att & t mobile merger……yep, he’s laser focused on jobs

  28. knew8411 says: Aug 31, 2011 8:14 PM

    Well the masses are already PO’d about the unemployment rate, taxes, immigrations issues, the economy….etc. etc. etc. Let’s just give everyone one more reason to alienate everyone in the sports loving world.

  29. kingmj4891 says: Aug 31, 2011 8:14 PM

    NFL > Obama.

    He won’t repeat anything we have not already heard. He will just try to blame republicans. He will just try to make everyone think he can fix this mess but in three years he has not.

    Hopefully Obama = One Term President

    Obama = Worst President since Jimmy Carter

  30. mmmpieyummy says: Aug 31, 2011 8:14 PM

    Why not? Just one more thing this guy will totally screw up.

  31. lexnekst says: Aug 31, 2011 8:14 PM

    Pk, nobody cares about a debate- We want football. so not an issue at all. The 7th it will be.

  32. chuckyd317 says: Aug 31, 2011 8:15 PM

    They may want to reschedule the Presidents time slot…

  33. deucedropper says: Aug 31, 2011 8:15 PM

    The President should just give the speech right before kickoff. Obama can close with, “…and God bless America. Now, are you ready for some football?”

  34. seneca1ss says: Aug 31, 2011 8:16 PM

    my eyeballs COULD dart across the sky and witness a massive asteroid

  35. mediasloppy says: Aug 31, 2011 8:20 PM

    People are ignorant. They rather read chain-mail and believe whatever talking head spouts crap out of their mouth or heard second hand.

    I never seen a President under so much disrespect. I thought Bush got bashed, but his term(s) look cozy.

    John Boehner wants the 8th. So quit the hate and show a bit of intellect.

    or Just hit the thumb down to prove you’re a moron. And I’d be saying this if the Parties were switched…

  36. philtration says: Aug 31, 2011 8:25 PM

    Do we really have to do this here?

  37. huhfasi says: Aug 31, 2011 8:26 PM

    I want to watch him address congress personally. What is this football rubbish.

  38. kegowhisky says: Aug 31, 2011 8:29 PM

    Sheesh, one more reason I’m an Independent.

  39. raiderapologist says: Aug 31, 2011 8:31 PM

    If NBC doesn’t show that game as scheduled, I will buy an Alex Smith jersey and wear it in public. If I can find one.

  40. jrs1972 says: Aug 31, 2011 8:32 PM

    I’ll be watching nfl over obama, hell i’d watch soccer over obama, depending on whats showing for infomercials that is.

  41. traevin says: Aug 31, 2011 8:33 PM

    Better call of the Presidential Address, then.

  42. corvusrex96 says: Aug 31, 2011 8:38 PM

    Why does every friggin channel have to cover a propaganda speech ? I mean isn’t that what C-Span is for anyway??

    In case you do not know this the U.S. is a REPUBLIC not a democracy, I don’t have to nor need to listen to the President b/c we elected representatives to do so on our behalf.

    During the last congressional election I voted for some d-bag who got elected and part of the perks besides the free health care , gym membership and company car was that he has to go and listen to this crap live in person so I don’t have to.

  43. vtsquirm says: Aug 31, 2011 8:40 PM

    can’t we lock out Obama?

  44. Uncle Leo says: Aug 31, 2011 8:42 PM

    Like it or not, NBC will not televise NFL over a Presidential speech.

    The California debate will be moved. (and we will all set our DVRs for that)

  45. nannymcsack says: Aug 31, 2011 8:43 PM

    haha Boehner. parents sould have named him Hugh G. Boehner. don’t even bother with an actual middle name, just the letter G. anyway, ratings…politics…meh. proFOOTBALLtalk.

  46. jdbaker1860 says: Aug 31, 2011 8:43 PM

    Whats the point? He says the same thing every time he speaks but nothing changes. How’s that last jobs plan or stimulus plan working? Give more to the welfare and less to the middle class didn’t work out so now what? More construction jobs for the unions that are killing this country? The whole things a joke! The real question is, how you like your change now?

  47. dfwbillsfan14221 says: Aug 31, 2011 8:43 PM

    My fellow Americans:
    We’ve long had Separation of Church and State.

    I propose an amendment to the constitution to facilitate the “Separation of Football and State”.
    I’d also like to slide into this amendment a ban on talking politics on PFT….
    What say ye?

  48. commandercornpone says: Aug 31, 2011 8:45 PM

    actually the republican debate has been scheduled for months. actually, it is protocol for bam to ask for a date to speak to congress and negotiate it out, not just say when he will do it. actually bam doesnt have a clue how to govern, he is just campaigning. and congress isnt going to use any of his dumba$$ commie ideas anyway. even the senate voted down bam’s budget 97-0. and everything bammy says is a rerun anyway. bam is obstructing the constitution. and he doesnt compromise because he wants to call everyone racist anyway. he isnt from here and has never run anything anyway. he has no useful experience. not then and not now. him being black doesnt prevent other people from working with him. him being black prevents him from working with anyone.

  49. dd393 says: Aug 31, 2011 8:52 PM

    It’ll be carried on plenty of other stations. No need for NBC to carry it if it happens.

    Maybe he’ll wear a Packers jersey for the speech.

  50. hoobsher says: Aug 31, 2011 8:54 PM

    wonder where the majority’s priorities lie.

  51. flyboy123456 says: Aug 31, 2011 8:57 PM

    Obama is a scumbag. He’s an affirmative action pull through.

  52. fatcarl420 says: Aug 31, 2011 8:58 PM

    Jobs proposal? Seriously? Beat it, BO. Jobs will start coming back when you’re out of office

    Let’s get this season started, enough with all this offseason nonsense.

  53. jsratx says: Aug 31, 2011 8:59 PM

    So… Obama will schedule his addresses AROUND Dancing with the Stars, but not the NFL’s opener???

    Are we getting punked?

  54. randomjim says: Aug 31, 2011 9:03 PM

    burgandyandgold says:
    Aug 31, 2011 7:49 PM
    Jeez, Obama would not be trying to interfere with the game. He would be running the country. Maybe the Republicans should agree to the original date. But then they’d have to compromise with a black man, something they are genetically not be able to do.
    ====================================

    Play that race card in hopes that it can distract from a president that has proved why he was the least qualified candidate .
    Obama = Joker.

  55. dsullivan9026 says: Aug 31, 2011 9:04 PM

    Never before has a President been refused a request to address a joint session of Congress. Boner’s insult is predictable and expected from a party that’s holding the national economy hostage over their hatred of the President, the Democratic Party and the middle class. The President will speak on Wed. from the White House, Republicans be damned. And we’ll all be watching football the next evening, including the President.

  56. sc2115 says: Aug 31, 2011 9:04 PM

    This headline is wrong. It should actually read: “Republicans whining and insistence on never agreeing with the President over anything may cause speech to be moved back a day for no good reason.”

  57. 3octaveFart says: Aug 31, 2011 9:11 PM

    I don’t care what he says.
    It’s pronounced “Boner”.

  58. sdw2001 says: Aug 31, 2011 9:21 PM

    I think he’ll keep it Wednesday. My understanding is they are going to now do it from the Oval Office. No one will watch then, either.

  59. zambrano38cubs says: Aug 31, 2011 9:24 PM

    Houston Texans 2012, Ron Paul 2012!
    That’s bi-partisanship

  60. tfbuckfutter says: Aug 31, 2011 9:26 PM

    John Boehner is the devil.

    Seriously. My wife, who knows nothing about politics, saw him in his little debt-ceiling press conference (and when does anyone but the president even GET airtime? What was up with that?) and without knowing ANYTHING about him, his politics or anything else, before he even opened his mouth, she said “Oh my God….he looks evil.”

  61. textexington says: Aug 31, 2011 9:27 PM

    Packers > Vikings. Take that to the bank Obama! Go Pack Go!

  62. jimwayne3 says: Aug 31, 2011 9:29 PM

    Deucedropper liked ur post it made me laugh

  63. kdppatriots says: Aug 31, 2011 9:33 PM

    burgandyandgold says:
    Aug 31, 2011 7:49 PM
    Jeez, Obama would not be trying to interfere with the game. He would be running the country. Maybe the Republicans should agree to the original date. But then they’d have to compromise with a black man, something they are genetically not be able to do.

    =====================================

    I love it how liberals only defense is to pull out THE RACE CARD!!

    Liberal: Republicans dont like obama because he’s BLACK!

    In reality, the people who voted for obama just because he is black are the real racists.

    I am a republican and the reason why i dont like obama is because of his policies. He is a socialist. In his own words he wants to “spread the wealth around” which is clearly a socialist logic. I want to quote Margarett Thatcher on this “The problem with socialism is that you run out of other people’s money to spend.” Obama thinks he is ABOVE the law. He is a worst president than Jimmy Carter. He is Bush 2.0. Obama has continued Bush’s policies and have made things worst. When Bush left office we were 9 trillion in debt and that took him 8 years to do. Obama is in office for less than one term and we are at 14.6 trillion. Something you all should check out before obama became president is his voting record. Might I point out he voted for everything Bush put on the table. Now to get to what Obama doing now with the GOP debate and NFL Football… all i have to say is CHICAGO POLITICS AS USUAL!

  64. harpoo51 says: Aug 31, 2011 9:35 PM

    NFL football or political football? Should be an easy choice. First we endure a lockout and now this?

  65. jbaxt says: Aug 31, 2011 9:36 PM

    You SUCK Boehner!

    Seriously, change your name man. Bonner, Bohner, Behner, Boeh, anything other than Boner!

  66. trickbunny says: Aug 31, 2011 9:36 PM

    jsratx says:
    Aug 31, 2011 8:59 PM

    So… Obama will schedule his addresses AROUND Dancing with the Stars, but not the NFL’s opener???

    Are we getting punked?
    ————————————————

    John Boehner is the one who is trying to get the speech scheduled for the 8th. Can you read?

  67. pkrlvr says: Aug 31, 2011 9:37 PM

    Love all the Obama hate. Either there’s a whole lotta rich republicans posting here or you people really don’t have a clue what you’re talking about. Boehner is a total loser bent on returning the country to the Bush era. Unfortunately most of America has forgotten what that was like and has instead blamed everything on the black guy.

  68. axespray says: Aug 31, 2011 9:38 PM

    just set the record for mnf ratings.
    just set the record for superbowl ratings.
    opening kick off ratings next? …
    better believe it. Go! Pack! Go!

  69. denverdave3 says: Aug 31, 2011 9:39 PM

    A Laughable classic: The President has agreed to move his speech, bowing down to both the Republicans and Football.

  70. pkrlvr says: Aug 31, 2011 9:43 PM

    Kdpatriots, first off, your numbers are crap. Bush added 8 trillion in debt making the total 11 trillion when Obama took office. On top of that, 2009 was still Bush’s budget. We’ve only had a year and a half running on O’s budget. Turn off Fox news.

    And in the same sentence you’re calling O a socialist (which is actually a very good thing for about 95% of the country) you’re calling him Bush 2.0. Can’t have it both ways. And in case you didn’t realize it, regulations are good things for people. So are unions, and social security, medicare and medicaid and unemployment and all the other social programs implemented by the dems that the GOP hates.

    Folks, the GOP only cares about the rich and it uses God to sell it’s crap to the poor. Wake up!

  71. randomjim says: Aug 31, 2011 9:48 PM

    bigjimatch says:
    Aug 31, 2011 8:11 PM
    No need to go up against the Football. The President’s job plan has 3 easy steps:

    1. Steal underwear
    2.
    3. Profit
    ————————————————————

    The 2 who gave a thumbs down don’t get it.
    MMMMMMMMkay

  72. ripcurl2121 says: Aug 31, 2011 9:53 PM

    the petulant child obama is a serial lier, no one listens to him anyway because they know anytime he opens his dumb mouth, a lie comes out of it. this guy is completely irrelevent and thank god he’s gone in a year before he can destroy the country anymore

  73. bender4700 says: Aug 31, 2011 9:59 PM

    Ironically there is an Obama 2012 ad on this article.

    If NBC decides to air the Debate they’d see the GE building stormed and torched.

  74. cowboyfan45 says: Aug 31, 2011 10:04 PM

    who cares what Jimmy carter has to say………..oops I mean Obama, doesn’t matter anyway since he’ll have the same thing in common with Carter, both will be a one term president and leave the country in a complete and utter disaster

  75. trollaikman8 says: Aug 31, 2011 10:07 PM

    “This Obama character is unqualified and only got where he is based on connections and nepotism”

    -G.W.Bush

  76. serr8d says: Aug 31, 2011 10:13 PM

    BHO’s campaign speech is dead on arrival. He can’t create any new jobs because he’s not caring about creating new jobs. He just wants to stay in office, undeservedly. Fact is, the economy won’t improve until he’s outta there.

    BHO just wants to spend more of this Republic’s money, money we don’t have; and use this imaginary, borrowed from the Chinese and the Saudis and/or printed on toilet paper money to give to moochers so’s he can attract their votes. It’s that time again, to ‘community organize’ the moochers.

    Let’s play football and forget about this bumbler for a few hours.

  77. dudeincleveland says: Aug 31, 2011 10:14 PM

    I will be addressing my own “joint session” during the football game.

  78. Uncle Leo says: Aug 31, 2011 10:33 PM

    time to man up. i was wrong.

  79. halftermguv says: Aug 31, 2011 10:36 PM

    So the point that everyone seems to be missing is that the republican Boehner declares securing an all ready secure capitol for a POTUS speech is too obtrusive….are you effing kidding me?

    However the tone above implies that he should act more like a republican…done!

    When handed an intelligence briefing entitled: Bin Laden determined to strike America, remain on vacation for 21 days. In fact average 6 weeks on vacation every year in office (just like those socialists in Europe).

    When the words “Sir, America is under attack” sit motionless, p#ss your self, then run to Air Force One where you fly AWAY from Washington like a 12 year old girl.

    Fail to get OBL and start a second war costing thousands of lives and trillions of dollars.

    Have your VP and his chief of staff commit treason and do nothing; in fact pardon the chief of staff before leaving office.

    Better get going BO your way behind.

  80. dwhitehurst says: Aug 31, 2011 11:07 PM

    Well, with regard to this scheduling, I’ll go with the Constitutional Stud, Ron Paul, and just say: “Let the States decide!” ;)

    (Unless you’re a Ron Paul fan, don’t bother trying to get the joke.)

  81. drevilstolemymojito says: Aug 31, 2011 11:13 PM

    The idiocy of those who think BHO has anything productive to say is laughable. He is a bumbling idiot who has, and will, accomplish nothing besides attempting to destroy our country. His presidency could erase a century and a half of the accomplishments of self-made Americans such as myself. A tragedy.

  82. iminurheadz says: Aug 31, 2011 11:16 PM

    can’t wait til 2012 and 0 is booted. nobody wants to hear his speeches

  83. lebronsinsecurity says: Aug 31, 2011 11:17 PM

    allisab says: Aug 31, 2011 7:49 PM

    Boehner sucks.
    175 voted yes
    225 voted no!

    The posts on this site are hilarious.. Yes, you can rail on Obama all you want, it’s deserved… But as soon as you say Boehner sucks, that’s wrong?.. You really think those two are any different?? If you do, I feel sorry for you.. They are one in the same.. They don’t work for you..

  84. iminurheadz says: Aug 31, 2011 11:41 PM

    kdppatriots-” When Bush left office we were 9 trillion in debt and that took him 8 years to do. Obama is in office for less than one term and we are at 14.6 trillion.”

    ————————————————————-

    Only 4 trillion of that 9 trillion was on Bush’s watch.

    0 has already surpassed Bush’s entire presidency.

  85. nolarules says: Sep 1, 2011 1:30 AM

    Fact: Obama is giving Bush & Carter a run for their mony as worst president ever.

    Our elected officials are scum bags. All of them. They only represent themselves. They are all rich and happy. They profit by dividing our country, which most of you seem to happily play into. Obama is a idiot who has absolutely no experience at anything. Bush is an even bigger idiot.

    Deal with it.

  86. southpaw79 says: Sep 1, 2011 2:49 AM

    We should just start a third party called the Superbowl Party.

  87. savannahrose44 says: Sep 1, 2011 4:22 AM

    No one cares what Obama has to say! He’s just going to blow more taxpayer dollars ineffectually. Quit messing with our football and get out of office already.

  88. denverdude7 says: Sep 1, 2011 5:09 AM

    Boehner has simply forgotten that football is important to a lot of people.

    That is completely understandable considering Ohio is home to both the Bengals and the Browns. Both of which are completely forgettable teams.

    That said, maybe Congress can come back early and get back to work on our country’s issues.

    Yeah right. The only reason Congress would come back early is to vote themselves another pay increase.

  89. vikescry1 says: Sep 1, 2011 8:03 AM

    drevilstolemymojito says:
    Aug 31, 2011 7:49 PM
    Wow, I’d never allow myself to be photographed with that d-bag. You decide who.
    —————————————————————————————————- something tells me you couldn’t get a photo with the local fat girl down the street.

  90. melonnhead says: Sep 1, 2011 9:00 AM

    Kdpatriots, first off, your numbers are crap. Bush added 8 trillion in debt making the total 11 trillion when Obama took office. On top of that, 2009 was still Bush’s budget. We’ve only had a year and a half running on O’s budget. Turn off Fox news.

    ———————————————————————-

    Congress sets the budget. Bush worked with what the Democratically-controlled Congress gave him. You obviously flunked government class.

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