FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 1st, 2016
NBC SPORTS KICKS OFF ITS “THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL” PRODUCTION THIS WEEK WITH FALCONS-BUCCANEERS ON NFL NETWORK
Al Michaels & Cris Collinsworth in the Booth, Joined By Sideline Reporter Heather Cox
Bob Costas, Tony Dungy & Rodney Harrison on Location for Football Night Pregame Show
NBC’s Thursday Night Football Features New Theme Music & Show Open
NBC is Only Network with Two NFL Primetime Packages
STAMFORD, Conn. – November 1, 2016 – NBC, the only network with two primetime NFL packages, kicks off its production of Thursday Night Football this Thursday, November 3, when the Atlanta Falcons visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on NFL Network.
NBC’s Thursday Night Football schedule kicks off on Thursday, November 17, as the NFC Champion Carolina Panthers host the division rival New Orleans Saints. NBC’s TNF then has a four-week run of games beginning on Thursday, Dec. 1, with a blockbuster matchup as the first-place Dallas Cowboys visit the first-place Minnesota Vikings at the new U.S. Bank Stadium.
Al Michaels (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (analyst), and Heather Cox (sideline reporter) will call Thursday Night Football for NBC. Bob Costas, a 27-time Sports Emmy winner, will serve as the host of the pregame show and will be joined at the game site by Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy and two-time Super Bowl champion Rodney Harrison. This week’s Football Night in Tampa will be live on location at Raymond James Stadium.
Mike Tirico (play-by-play) and Doug Flutie (analyst) will call the Dec. 17 and Dec. 25 games, due to schedule conflicts for Michaels and Collinsworth.
Sam Flood is executive producer of NBC Sports and NBCSN. Fred Gaudelli is the executive producer of NBC’s Sunday Night Football and Thursday Night Football. Drew Esocoff is director of SNF and TNF. Rob Hyland is coordinating producer of Thursday Night Football.
NBC’s THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL FEATURES NEW THEME MUSIC & SHOW OPEN
NBC’s Thursday Night Football will feature new theme music (to be released tomorrow).
Pentatonix will sing and perform “Weekend Go,” the new Thursday Night Football show open and opening theme. The show open celebrates the start of the NFL weekend, with game highlights and player cameos. For more information, click here.
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app will stream all of NBC’s Thursday Night Football games to desktops, tablets, and connected TVs via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to their subscription service, and making high-quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The full HD-quality video stream will come directly from NBC’s TNF broadcasts. Powered by Playmaker Media, the NBC Sports app is available on Apple iOS, Android and select Samsung devices, as well as on Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Win10, and Xbox. (NOTE: NBC Sports does not have NFL live streaming rights to mobile devices.)
NBC-produced Thursday Night Football game schedule:
|Thurs. Nov. 3||Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers||NFLN|
|Thurs. Nov. 10||Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens||NFLN|
|Thurs. Nov. 17||New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers||NBC, NFLN **|
|Thurs. Dec. 1||Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings||NBC, NFLN **|
|Thurs. Dec. 8||Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs||NBC, NFLN **|
|Thurs. Dec. 15||Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks||NBC, NFLN **|
|Sat., Dec. 17||Miami Dolphins at New York Jets||NFLN|
|Thurs. Dec. 22||New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles||NBC, NFLN **|
|Sun., Dec. 25||Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers||NFLN|
** Live streamed on Twitter, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app
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