Packers fans in the Green Bay and Milwaukee television markets can watch full NFL Kickoff 2011 pregame and game coverage Thursday evening beginning at 6 p.m. CT on their regular NBC stations, WGBA-TV and WTMJ-TV, respectively. President Obama's speech can be seen live on both WGBA-TV and WTMJ-TV's digital channel 4.2 as well as Time Warner Cable's channel 999.
Elsewhere in Wisconsin and nationally, four widely-distributed NBCUniversal cable channels – VERSUS, USA, Syfy and G4 – as well as NFL Network will all begin coverage of the pregame show to officially celebrate the start of the 2011 NFL season, at 6 p.m. CT on Thursday. In these areas, NBC will join NFL Kickoff 2011 in progress once its coverage of the speech has concluded and VERSUS, USA, Syfy and G4 will resume their regularly-scheduled programming shortly thereafter. NFL Network will carry NFL Kickoff 2011 in its entirety.
The President's speech is not expected to conflict in any way with NBC's Thursday night coverage of the first game of the 2011 NFL season, scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. CT and featuring the last two Super Bowl champions -- the New Orleans Saints at the Green Bay Packers -- from historic Lambeau Field.
NFL Kickoff 2011 will feature musical performances by award-winning artists Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum and Maroon 5 from a stage adjacent to Lambeau Field. The musical performances are part of the celebration to kick off the 2011 season and to honor the Super Bowl champion Packers. This is the 10th consecutive Kickoff celebration to start the season and the eighth consecutive year the NFL has saluted the Super Bowl champions with the opening game in their stadium on a Thursday in primetime.
-- Courtesy NBC Sports Group--