FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, August 29th, 2016
NBC, THE ONLY NETWORK WITH TWO PRIMETIME NFL PACKAGES, NAMES BROADCAST TEAMS FOR 2016 NFL SEASON
Al Michaels & Cris Collinsworth to Call Primetime TV’s #1 Show NBC’s Sunday Night Football and new NBC Thursday Night Football slate
Bob Costas to Host NBC’s Thursday Night Football from Game Site alongside Hall of Fame Coach Tony Dungy and Two-Time Super Bowl champ Rodney Harrison
Mike Tirico to Host Sunday’s Football Night in America from Stadium; With Dan Patrick, Dungy, Harrison & Mike Florio in Studio
STAMFORD, Conn. – August 29, 2016 – Al Michaels (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (analyst), and Heather Cox (sideline reporter) will call NBC’s new Thursday Night Football package. Michaels and Collinsworth return to call NBC’s Sunday Night Football – primetime TV’s No. 1 show for a historic five consecutive years – joined by sideline reporter Michele Tafoya.
Bob Costas, a 27-time Sports Emmy winner, will serve as the host of the pregame show for NBC’s new Thursday Night Football package. He will be joined at the game site by Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy and two-time Super Bowl champion Rodney Harrison.
Mike Tirico will host Sunday night’s Football Night in America, the most-watched weekly studio show in sports, from the SNF game site. Tirico will be joined on site by Collinsworth and Tafoya. Tirico recently joined NBC Sports Group after 25 years at ESPN, where he spent the last decade as the play-by-play voice of Monday Night Football.
Costas and Tirico will both be on-site in Arizona for FNIA leading into the season premiere of SNF on Sunday, Sept. 11. Costas will also work on select Sunday FNIA telecasts during the season, as well as on the pregame show for the season-opening NFL Kickoff game on Thurs., Sept. 8.
Dan Patrick co-hosts Football Night from NBC Sports Group’s International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn., joined by Dungy, Harrison, and Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN, NBCSports.com and NBC Sports Radio. NFL Insider Peter King will contribute stories and information to FNIA and TNF.
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.
NBC TO BROADCAST 28 NFL GAMES IN 2016: NBC begins its 11th consecutive season as the primetime broadcast home of the NFL. In the 2016 season, NBC will broadcast 28 NFL games — 19 regular-season games as part of its Sunday Night Football package (17 regular-season SNF games, NFL Kickoff 2016, and the annual Thanksgiving night game), five primetime regular-season Thursday games as part of a new two-year agreement to televise Thursday Night Football, two NFL Playoff games, and two primetime preseason games. NBC Sports will also produce four TNF games to be televised on NFL Network, two of which will be called by Mike Tirico and Doug Flutie due to schedule conflicts for Michaels and Collinsworth.
NBCSPORTS.COM & NBC SPORTS APP TO LIVE STREAM NBC’S SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL AND THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app will live stream NBC’s Sunday Night Football and Thursday Night Football games to desktops and tablets for authenticated pay-TV subscribers via TV Everywhere. The full HD-quality video stream will come directly from NBC’s SNF and 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.)
SNF IS NO. 1 PRIMETIME PROGRAM ON TELEVISION: NBC’s Sunday Night Football finished the 2015-16 season as television’s No. 1 primetime show in household rating (13.0) and viewership (22.5 million average) for the fifth consecutive season, based on live plus same day data from The Nielsen Company (September-May). Sunday Night Football also ranked as the No. 1 show in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic for the sixth consecutive TV season.
Sunday Night Football is one of only four shows since 1950 to rank No. 1 in primetime for five consecutive TV seasons (September-May, based on Nielsen live plus same day data).
|2016 NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE|
|Thurs. Sept. 8||NFL Kickoff||Carolina Panthers at Denver Broncos|
|Sun. Sept. 11||Week 1||New England Patriots at Arizona Cardinals|
|Sun. Sept. 18||Week 2||Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings|
|Sun. Sept. 25||Week 3||Chicago Bears at Dallas Cowboys|
|Sun. Oct. 2||Week 4||Kansas City Chiefs at Pittsburgh Steelers|
|*Sun. Oct. 9||Week 5||New York Giants at Green Bay Packers|
|*Sun. Oct. 16||Week 6||Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans|
|*Sun. Oct. 23||Week 7||Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals|
|*Sun. Oct. 30||Week 8||Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys|
|*Sun. Nov. 6||Week 9||Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders|
|*Sun. Nov. 13||Week 10||Seattle Seahawks at New England Patriots|
|*Sun. Nov. 20||Week 11||Green Bay Packers at Washington Redskins|
|**Thurs. Nov. 24||Week 12||Pittsburgh Steelers at Indianapolis Colts|
|*Sun. Nov. 27||Week 12||New England Patriots at New York Jets|
|*Sun. Dec. 4||Week 13||Carolina Panthers at Seattle Seahawks|
|*Sun. Dec. 11||Week 14||Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants|
|*Sun. Dec. 18||Week 15||Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals|
|Sun. Dec. 25||Week 16||Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs|
|*Sun. Jan. 1||Week 17||TBD|
** Thanksgiving Night Game
|2016 NBC THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE|
|Thurs. Nov. 17||Week 11||New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers|
|Thurs. Dec. 1||Week 13||Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings|
|Thurs. Dec. 8||Week 14||Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs|
|Thurs. Dec. 15||Week 15||Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks|
|Thurs. Dec. 22||Week 16||New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles|
FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING: Flexible scheduling will be used in Weeks 10-15 and 17. Additionally, in Weeks 5-9, flexible scheduling may be used in no more than two weeks. In Weeks 5-15, the schedule lists the games tentatively set for Sunday Night Football on NBC. Only Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday night, in which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday night game would be moved to an afternoon start time. Flexible scheduling will not be applied to games airing on Thursday, Saturday or Monday nights.
A flexible scheduling move would be announced at least 12 days before the game. For Week 17, the Sunday night game will be announced no later than six days prior to January 1. The schedule does not list a Sunday night game in Week 17, but an afternoon game with playoff implications will be moved to that time slot. Flexible scheduling ensures quality matchups in all Sunday time slots in those weeks and gives “surprise” teams a chance to play their way into prime time.
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