Thanks to some political maneuvering that you can go read about elsewhere, President Barack Obama has decided to schedule a speech to a joint session of Congress on September 8th at 8 p.m. EDT.
The game is to be broadcast on NBC and scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m., which doesn't include the massive amount of pre-game programming that NBC surely has planned. Considering NBC would normally drop everything to broadcast a Presidential speech to a joint session of Congress...this could get ugly.
In a move made for corporate synergy, the powers-that-be could just send viewers to MSNBC or CNBC for the President and keep the NFL broadcast. That also means NBC would likely be the only major network not to be broadcasting the speech. Such a move could very well be a ratings gold mine.
If NBC does decide to preempt the NFL opener, which fans have been waiting desperately for ever since the lockout ended...well, Obama might want to steer clear of Twitter for a few hours after that announcement.