January 31, 2009

President to appear in Super Bowl coverage

U.S. President Barack Obama will appear before the game on the NBC Sports telecast of Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa on Sunday.

In a news release, Dick Ebersol, the chairman of NBC Universal Sports & Olympics, said the president will do a live interview with the Today Show's Matt Lauer from the White House during the network's Super Bowl pre-game show.

The interview is slated for 5 p.m. Eastern time, and is part of NBC's daylong Super bowl coverage.

It starts at 9 a.m. Eastern with Today, and also includes sports correspondents Bob Costas and Tiki Barber.

The Super Bowl is much more than a game, it's become one of our country's biggest holidays, Ebersol said. It's a day when families and friends gather together to celebrate a uniquely American day and we've put together a full day of football and entertainment that we believe has something for everyone.

NBC will televise the Pittsburgh-Arizona contest at Raymond James Stadium, with kickoff at 6:30 p.m. Eastern.