Due to President Obama's speech scheduled for Sept. 8, NBC's NFL pregame show will now be carried by NBCUniversal cable channels Versus,USA, Syfy and G4, as well as NFL Network.
NFL Kickoff 2011 will begin at 7 p.m. (ET) on Thursday and will now run for 90 minutes, including musical performances by Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum and Maroon 5 from a stage next door to Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers. NFL Network will carry Kickoff in its entirety, while the four NBCU cable channels will resume regular programming shortly after NBC picks up the show.
Thursday's game, between the New Orleans Saints and the defending champion Packers, is scheduled to start at 8:30 p.m. Obama's speech is not expected to conflict with coverage of the contest, pitting the last two Super Bowl winners.
John Eggerton contributed to this report