FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 25th, 2023
DIVISION-LEADING HOUSTON GAMBLERS VISIT MEMPHIS SHOWBOATS THIS SUNDAY AT 2:30 P.M. ET ON USA NETWORK AND PEACOCK
Arizona Cardinals QB and 12-Year NFL Veteran Colt McCoy to Make Debut as Game Analyst on Sunday
Gamblers, Winners of Four Straight, and Showboats, Winners of Three Straight, are Hottest Teams in the USFL
NBC Sports and FOX Sports to Present All 43 USFL Games Live During 2023 Season
STAMFORD, Conn. – May 25, 2023 – NBC Sports presents a matchup of the USFL’s two hottest teams this weekend, as the Houston Gamblers (4-2), winners of four straight, host the Memphis Showboats (3-3), winners of three straight, on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET on USA Network and Peacock from Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium in Memphis, Tenn.
Current Arizona Cardinals quarterback Colt McCoy, a 12-year NFL veteran, will make his debut as a game analyst on Gamblers-Showboats. McCoy starred at the University of Texas, where he won the Maxwell Award (collegiate player of the year), Davey O’Brien Award (nation’s top quarterback) and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award (nation’s top senior quarterback) and was a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2009. He was 45-8 in four seasons as the Longhorns starting QB.
The Gamblers, led by head coach Curtis Johnson, who was the wide receivers coach on the New Orleans Saints team that won Super Bowl XLIV, beat the New Jersey Generals, 16-10, last week to win their fourth game in a row. Running back Mark Thompson, who leads the USFL in rushing touchdowns (nine), ran for 82 yards and a score, while the league’s receiving touchdowns leader Justin Hall (four), had six receptions for 59 yards in the win.
The Showboats shut out the Pittsburgh Maulers last week (22-0) to improve to .500 after an 0-3 start to the season. QB Cole Kelley threw for 135 yards and a score while adding 21 yards on the ground in the decisive win. Running back Juwan Washington ran for 71 yards as he fills in for former Seattle Seahawks and Baltimore Ravens RB Alex Collins, who is on injured reserve.
NBC Sports’ Paul Burmeister (play-by-play), Colt McCoy (analyst), and Zora Stephenson (sideline reporter) will call the Gamblers-Showboats matchup on USA Network and Peacock.
NBC Sports and FOX Sports, the USFL’s official media partners, will combine to present all 43 games live during the 2023 season. 2023 features 29 games on the NBC and FOX broadcast networks, which is a six-game increase from the league’s inaugural season. NBC Sports will present 18 games across NBC and Peacock (11) and USA Network and Peacock (7). FOX Sports will carry 25 games split between FOX (18) and FS1 (7). Click here for a comprehensive season schedule.