Category:Sunday Night Football
Pages in category "Sunday Night Football"
The following 13 pages are in this category, out of 13 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 13 pages are in this category, out of 13 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. National Football League on television – The television rights to broadcast National Football League games are the most lucrative and expensive rights of any American sport. Television brought professional football into prominence in the era after World War II. This has raised questions about the impartiality of the coverage of games and whether they can criticize the NFL without fear of losing the rights. Since the 1960s, all season and playoff games broadcast in the United States have been aired by national television networks. Until the broadcast contract ended in 2013, the television networks CBS, NBC. From 2014 to 2022, the networks will pay $39.6 billion for the same broadcast rights. The NFL thus holds broadcast contracts with four companies that control a combined vast majority of the television product. League-owned NFL Network, on television, also broadcasts a selected number of games nationally. Under the current contracts, regionally shown games on Sunday afternoons are televised on CBS and Fox, which primarily carry games of AFC and NFC teams respectively. Nationally televised regular season games on Sunday and Monday nights are aired on NBC and ESPN, respectively, while NBC, CBS and NFL Network share Thursday night games during the regular season. During the postseason, ESPN airs one game, NBC airs two, while CBS and Fox air the rest of the AFC and NFC games, respectively, the Super Bowl rotates annually among CBS, Fox, and NBC as of 2007. Some preseason games will air nationally, however, under the NFLs anti-siphoning rules for cable games, these stations usually will air simulcasts of ESPN and/or NFL Network games in their local markets if the local team is playing. The NFL regular season begins in September, and ends in December or early January. Each team plays 16 games during a 17-week period, traditionally, the majority of each weeks games are played on Sunday afternoon. In addition, there are usually single nationally televised games each on Thursday night, Sunday night and these primetime games are broadcast across the country over one national over-the-air broadcast or cable network, where there are no regional restrictions, nor any other competing NFL contest. All playoff games, the Super Bowl, and the Pro Bowl are nationally televised on either Saturday or Sunday in January/early February, scheduling during the NFL preseason is more lenient in that most games usually start based on the local time. Thus, games on the West Coast are usually played after 7 p. m. Pacific Time, however, the handful of primetime, nationally televised preseason games are still played at approximately 8 p. m. Eastern Time. The television rights to the NFL are the most expensive rights of not only any American sport, the Super Bowl often ranks among the most watched shows of the year
2. NBC Sunday Night Football – NBC Sunday Night Football is a weekly television broadcast of National Football League games on NBC in the United States. It began airing on August 6,2006 with the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game, NBC took over the rights to the Sunday prime time game telecasts from ESPN, which carried the broadcasts from 1987 to 2005. Previously, NBC had aired American Football League, and later American Football Conference, games from 1960 until 1998, during the 2011–12 season, Sunday Night Football became the first live sports competition to hold the position as Nielsens most-watched program on U. S. As of 2016, Al Michaels serves as the announcer for the broadcasts, with Cris Collinsworth as the color commentator. John Madden, the commentator for the first three years of the program, retired prior to the 2009 season, he was succeeded in that role by Collinsworth. NBCs broadcast begins at 7,00 p. m. Eastern Time with its pre-game show Football Night in America, the show serves the same purpose as NFL Primetime did for ESPN, offering recaps of the early action as well as a preview of the game to come. The show emanates from the NBC Sports studios in Connecticut as well as at the game site, Dan Patrick, Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison, Peter King and Mike Florio broadcast from the studio while Mike Tirico reports from the game. Michaels, Collinsworth, and Tafoya will also appear, NBC is the current home of the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Game, which begins the NFLs preseason each August. Normally, there are two other preseason telecasts on NBC, however, because of the Beijing Olympics, only two were shown in 2008, two preseason games, and the Thursday night season opener were retained as part of the new contract beginning in 2014. From 2006 until 2013, NBCs contract included the rights to both Saturday wild card games that had been previously aired by ABC as part of its Monday Night Football contract. Tom Hammond provided play-by-play for the game until 2012, with Dan Hicks taking the position in 2013. Joe Gibbs was the color commentator for these broadcasts, doing so until 2008 when he replaced John Madden as lead analyst. Mike Mayock, NBCs Notre Dame color commentator until 2012, John Madden taking as color commentator in 2013, the actual first game of the run – the 2006 Pro Football Hall of Fame Game between the Oakland Raiders and Philadelphia Eagles – was televised on August 6,2006. NBC Sunday Night Football is the beneficiary of the leagues new flexible-scheduling system, in its first four seasons of Sunday night coverage, NBC took one week off in late October or early November, so as not to conflict with Foxs coverage of baseballs World Series. In 2006 NBC did not air a game on October 22, which was the date for Game 2 of the World Series. In 2007, there was no game on October 28, in 2008, there was no game on October 26, although no games aired on these nights, Football Night in America still aired as scheduled at 7,00 p. m. Eastern. NBC televised a game on October 31,2010 and again on October 23,2011, both games featured the New Orleans Saints at home, first in 2010 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, then in 2011 against the Indianapolis Colts. Ratings have been mixed for these results, with the NFL winning the night in 2010 while MLB won in 2011, louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers was a more closely contested game, caused the ratings to slip in 2011
3. Football Night in America – Football Night in America is an American pre-game show that is broadcast on NBC, preceding its broadcasts of Sunday night and Wild Card Saturday National Football League games. The program debuted on September 10,2006, when the network inaugurated its Sunday prime time game package, the 80-minute program airs live at 7,00 p. m. Eastern Time, and is broadcast from Studio 1 at NBC Sports Headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut. The programs title closely resembles CBC Televisions long-running Hockey Night in Canada franchise, during the 2006 preseason, the Football Night team appeared at halftime from an exterior set at the site of that nights game, as the set at the GE Building was still being prepared. The format for Football Night originally had the program begin with a video package, several landmarks were featured in the introduction, including the Gateway Arch, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Empire State Building. After a welcome, the featured a rundown of the days scores, before a first visit from game announcers Al Michaels. Michaels and Madden were now shown once during the broadcast, in the later segment. Just before the first highlights piece, a graphical rundown banner for the current, originally, the second segment featured several field reports from the days games, additional analysis, and inside information about the NFL from Peter King. The field report segment was eliminated, while field reports on the program were reduced. The second segment began featuring an interview conducted earlier in the week, in the third segment, the studio team moved to a screening room, in which highlights of the daytime games were reviewed. Football Night in America is the only show that the NFL allows to carry long-form highlights. Additionally, as the NFL spurned Christmas Eve contests, another one-hour show aired on December 24, NBC chooses one game per week to focus on as well. For this game, usually the marquee late matchup on either Fox or CBS, as of 2014, the on-site role has been primarily filled by Kathryn Tappen. Previously, reports were filed by Carolyn Manno and Alex Flanagan, the on-site reporting role is now a rotating one, with reports now filed by Manno, Tappen and Paul Burmeister. The segment features Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth Some major changes went into effect for the 2007 season. In addition, to Michaels and Madden appearing in the first segment, after each set of highlights, the analysts comment on the events shown. Peter King also appears during the segment from a location on the main set, for the last 30 minutes of each edition, Collinsworth emerges from the room to join Costas by the large monitor on the set for highlights and analysis of two pre-selected marquee matchups. At the end of the show, the panelists reunite for a one-sentence summary before kickoff, the roundtable segments and screening room were eliminated entirely from the broadcasts. However, interviews continue to be run on occasion, such as on the September 23 edition and his first honoree was himself, for advocating a light prison sentence for Michael Vick on his August 26 debut during a preseason game
4. NFL on TNT – The NFL on TNT was the weekly United States television broadcast by Turner Network Television of Sunday evening National Football League games from the 1990 through 1997 seasons. TNT televised NFL games from 1990 through the 1997 season and they broadcast Sunday night NFL games during the first half of the season, with ESPN taking over for the second half. TNT got a couple of Thursday night games to show, as ESPN did in the second half, ESPN anchor Chris Berman referred to TNTs football programming by its original Nitro brand, even after TNT abandoned that moniker. It does not appear that TNTs coverage ever used the title Sunday Night Football, the last game was aired on October 26,1997. Fittingly, one of the teams involved was the Atlanta Falcons, based in the city of Turner Broadcasting - Atlanta. Unlike the Braves, Hawks and Thrashers, however, Turner never owned the Falcons at any point in time, the network had a one-hour studio pregame show, titled The Stadium Show, from 1990 to 1994. In 1995, this was reduced to a half-hour and retitled Pro Football Tonight, fred Hickman was one of the studio hosts during this time, and Mark May was one of the studio analysts before moving to the booth for the final season. The Sunday night TNT halftime show was the first major network NFL broadcast to utilize a player statistics crawl at the bottom of the screen, in addition to the Sunday night games, TNT also presented an annual special, Super Bowl Television. The program, which aired on Friday and Saturday night, mixed a preview of that game with entertainment segments. Ernie Johnson hosted the show from the Super Bowl host city, TNT lost their rights to the NFL following the 1997 season after ESPN chose to bid on the entire regular season package beginning in 1998. In the wake of the loss of NFL rights, TNT began negotiations with NBC Sports to start a new football league, TNT eventually backed out of the proposal. Smith fainting incident