FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, July 31st, 2017
BACK TO FOOTBALL! COWBOYS AND CARDINALS KICK OFF NFL PRESEASON IN HALL OF FAME GAME THIS THURSDAY, AUG. 3, AT 8 PM ET ON NBC
NBC’s Sunday Night Football Team of Al Michaels & Cris Collinsworth Call Game Joined by Sideline Reporter Michele Tafoya in Canton, Ohio
Tafoya to Interview Full 2017 NFL Hall of Fame Class Throughout Telecast, Including Cowboys’ Jerry Jones and Former Cardinals QB Kurt Warner
NBCSports.com & NBC Sports App to Live Stream All NBC NFL Games this Season
STAMFORD, Conn. – July 31, 2017 – NBC Sports kicks off the NFL’s 2017 preseason schedule with the Hall of Fame Game this Thursday, August 3, at 8 p.m. ET on NBC, as the Dallas Cowboys face the Arizona Cardinals. NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app will live stream all NBC NFL games this season to desktops, tablets, and connected TVs.
Calling Cardinals-Cowboys from Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio, is Al Michaels (play-by-play), in his record 32nd season as the voice of the NFL’s premier primetime package; 16-time Emmy Award-winner Cris Collinsworth; and two-time Emmy Award-winning sideline reporter Michele Tafoya.
Thursday night’s telecast will also feature live interviews with all members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017, including Cowboys owner, president and general manager Jerry Jones and Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner. The Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017 also includes kicker Morten Andersen; running back Terrell Davis; safety Kenny Easley; defensive end Jason Taylor; and running back LaDainian Tomlinson.
NBC’s second preseason game will air on Sunday, Aug. 27, at 8 p.m. ET, and features the San Francisco 49ers vs. the Minnesota Vikings from U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn., the site of Super Bowl LII on NBC.
# # #
Highlights of NBC’s 2017 Sunday Night Football & Thursday Night Football schedules
- 24 primetime regular-season games, including 17 SNF games, the NFL’s opening game of the season NFL Kickoff 2017, NBC’s annual Thanksgiving night game, and five Thursday night games; plus a 25th national game on Christmas afternoon;
- Every 2016 playoff team makes an appearance on Sunday Night Football; 23 of NBC’s 24 scheduled regular-season games (Week 17 SNF game is TBD) involve at least one playoff team from last season; eight of SNF’s 18 scheduled games feature two playoff teams;
- Five NBC games for the Steelers, four for the Cowboys, and three apiece for Patriots, Falcons, Packers, Giants, Redskins, Seahawks, and Raiders; SNF returns to Miami for the first time since 2010;
- High-profile NFC East matchups continue on NBC: Giants-Cowboys (Sun., Sept. 10) on SNF for the eighth time in seven seasons; Eagles-Cowboys (Sun., Nov. 19) on SNF for the ninth consecutive season – the longest streak of matchups on the broadcast primetime package in NFL history (ABC 1970-2005; NBC 2006-present); Giants-Redskins (Thurs., Nov. 23) in the first NFL Thanksgiving Game ever hosted by Washington; and Redskins-Cowboys on Thursday Night Football (Nov. 30);
- Two games on each of the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday weekends – Giants-Redskins on Thanksgiving night, followed by Packers-Steelers on SNF on Nov. 26; and Vikings-Packers in primetime on Sat., Dec. 23, followed by Steelers-Texans at 4:30 p.m. ET on Christmas Day.
NBC TO BROADCAST 30 NFL GAMES IN 2017 SEASON: NBC begins its 12th consecutive season as the primetime broadcast home of the NFL. In the 2017 season, NBC will broadcast 30 NFL games — 19 regular-season games as part of its Sunday Night Football package (17 regular-season SNF games, NFL Kickoff 2017, and the annual Thanksgiving night game), five primetime regular-season Thursday games and a late afternoon Christmas Day game as part of its Thursday Night Footballpackage, two NFL Playoff games, Super Bowl LII, and two primetime preseason games. NBC Sports will also produce three games to be televised exclusively on NFL Network.
The sixth NBC/NFL Network game – scheduled at the NFL’s discretion – is a part of NBC’s two-year TNF agreement. Last year, this game was televised exclusively on NFL Network.
NBCSPORTS.COM & NBC SPORTS APP TO LIVE STREAM ALL NBC NFL GAMES: NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app will stream all NBC 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 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.)
SNF IS NO. 1 PRIMETIME PROGRAM ON TELEVISION, WITH NBC/NFLN TNF RANKING NO. 2: The 2016 season of NBC’s Sunday Night Football was a historic one, as America’s favorite primetime show is pacing to finish as primetime’s #1 TV show in all key metrics for a record sixth consecutive year – tying American Idol for the most consecutive years atop the charts (since 1950). Sunday Night Football also is on pace to rank No. 1 among Adults 18-49 for the seventh consecutive full TV season (September-May, based on live plus same day data from The Nielsen Company). In addition, NBC/NFL Network Thursday Night Football ranks as primetime TV’s No. 2 show in average viewers and household rating, and No. 3 among Adults 18-49.
|2017 NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE|
|Thurs. Sept. 7||NFL Kickoff||Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots|
|Sun. Sept. 10||Week 1||New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys|
|Sun. Sept. 17||Week 2||Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons|
|Sun. Sept. 24||Week 3||Oakland Raiders at Washington Redskins|
|Sun. Oct. 1||Week 4||Indianapolis Colts at Seattle Seahawks|
|*Sun. Oct. 8||Week 5||Kansas City Chiefs at Houston Texans|
|*Sun. Oct. 15||Week 6||New York Giants at Denver Broncos|
|*Sun. Oct. 22||Week 7||Atlanta Falcons at New England Patriots|
|*Sun. Oct. 29||Week 8||Pittsburgh Steelers at Detroit Lions|
|*Sun. Nov. 5||Week 9||Oakland Raiders at Miami Dolphins|
|*Sun. Nov. 12||Week 10||New England Patriots at Denver Broncos|
|*Sun. Nov. 19||Week 11||Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys|
|**Thurs. Nov. 23||Week 12||New York Giants at Washington Redskins|
|*Sun. Nov. 26||Week 12||Green Bay Packers at Pittsburgh Steelers|
|*Sun. Dec. 3||Week 13||Philadelphia Eagles at Seattle Seahawks|
|*Sun. Dec. 10||Week 14||Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers|
|*Sun. Dec. 17||Week 15||Dallas Cowboys at Oakland Raiders|
|Sat. Dec. 23||Week 16||Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers|
|*Sun. Dec. 31||Week 17||TBD|
** Thanksgiving Night Game
|2017 NBC THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE*|
|Thurs. Nov. 9||Week 10||Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals|
|Thurs. Nov. 16||Week 11||Tennessee Titans at Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Thurs. Nov. 30||Week 13||Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys|
|Thurs. Dec. 7||Week 14||New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons|
|Thurs. Dec. 14||Week 15||Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts|
|**Mon. Dec. 25||Week 16||Pittsburgh Steelers at Houston Texans|
*Games will be simulcast on NFL Network and streamed live on Amazon Prime
**Game at 4:30 p.m. ET
–NBC SPORTS GROUP–