Your 2013 NFL TV Primer

The NFL season is almost upon us and with the opening kickoff now just a day away we're here to help you navigate what could be muddy waters.  With a new 24/7 cable sports network and seemingly every network in existence including Bravo, E!, and RFD launching new pregame shows it may get a tad overwhelming.  With that in mind, we've compiled a recap of the comings and goings, new shows, and broadcast lineups for all 4 of the NFL's television partners.  Enjoy!

FOX

-FOX and will be the home of Super Bowl XLVII from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The game will air on Sunday, February 2nd, 2014.

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-FOX will air regular season coverage of all NFC contests starting Sunday, September 8th. They will have coverage of most of the NFC playoffs, including the Sunday Wild Card game, both Divisional games and the NFC Championship game.

-FOX’s national broadcast will once again be led by their ‘A team’ of Joe Buck and Hall of Famer Troy Aikman. Pam Oliver will return as the sideline reporter and will be joined by Erin Andrews for the Thanksgiving Classic and through the entire postseason.

Additions: Kevin Burkhardt (Mets field reporter and MLB on FOX), sideline reporters Kris Budden (former reporter for WBIR in Knoxville) and Molly McGrath (former Celtics court reporter), Ronde Barber, Brian Urlacher, Randy Moss, Scott Fujita

Departures: Ron Pitts, Mike Martz, Jaime Maggio

New Programming: Weeknights, FS1 will air FOX Football Daily, a nightly one hour NFL show that will feature  NFL retirees including Randy Moss, Brian Urlacher, Scott Fujita and Barber. FS1 will also debut a one hour precursor to the noon pregame show with FOX NFL Kickoff, airing one hour before the noon broadcast. Analysts from the NFL on FOX, including Bradshaw and Aikman, will also contribute on both programs

NFL on FOX Game Announcers

1) Joe Buck, Troy Aikman; Reporter: Pam Oliver (& Erin Andrews from Thanksgiving to SB XLVIII)
2) Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston; On Field Analyst: Tony Siragusa
3) Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick; Reporter: Laura Okmin
4) Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch; Reporter: Erin Andrews/TBA
5) Chris Myers, Tim Ryan; Reporter: Jennifer Hale
6) Dick Stockton, Ronde Barber; Reporter: Kris Budden
7) Sam Rosen, Heath Evans; Reporter: Molly McGrath

FOX NFL Sunday: Sunday, Noon
Talent: Curt Menefee, Terry Bradshaw; Howie Long, Michael Strahan, Jimmy Johnson; Reporter: Jay Glazer; Rules Analyst: Mike Pereira; Predictions: Rob Riggle

FOX NFL Kickoff: Sunday, 11 AM, on FOX Sports One

FOX Football Daily: Weeknights, 6 PM on FOX Sports One
Talent: Curt Menefee, Mike Hill, Jay Glazer, Mike Pereira, Randy Moss, Joel Klatt, Brian Urlacher, Scott Fujita, various NFL on FOX analysts

NBC

-Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth return to the booth for their fifth season and will be joined by Michele Tafoya as the field reporter for her third season.

-NBC’s Football Night in America pregame show will remain intact with Bob Costas hosting from the game site and Dan Patrick anchoring the studio show from New York. Patrick will be joined by Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison to preview the SNF game and recap the afternoon games.

-Once again, week 11 through the end of the season will be Flex Scheduling. The originally scheduled games between weeks 11 through 16 may be swapped out for a more competitive game if the league desires from the afternoon’s slate. Week 17’s game will remain TBA until a game with the most significant impact on the playoffs is to be selected.

Additions: The only changes coming to the broadcast will be the addition of former Kansas City GM Scott Pioli who will contribute to the pregame show. Also, country music star Carrie Underwood will be the new lead singer of the game’s opening theme replacing Faith Hill.

New Programming: NBCSN adds another NFL studio show to the mix, a spinoff of its successful Football Night in America brand.  FNIA: Coach's Clicker will be heavy on X's and O's and feature analysts Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison.

Football Night in America: Sunday 7 PM ET NBC
Site Host: Bob Costas; Studio Talent: Dan Patrick; Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison Reporters: Mike Florio, Peter King; Contributor: Scott Pioli

FNIA: Coach's Clicker: Wednesday 6:30 PM ET NBCSN
Talent: Liam McHugh, Rodney Harrison, Tony Dungy, Scott Pioli, Mike Florio

NFL Turning Point: Wednesday 10 PM ET NBCSN
Talent: Dan Patrick

CBS

-Jim Nantz and Phil Simms will return as the network’s #1 broadcast team for their 10th season together and will lead all game coverage of AFC games starting Sunday, September 8th.

-CBS will air most of the AFC Playoffs including the Sunday Wild Card game, both Divisional games and concluding with the AFC Championship game.

New Programming: CBS Sports Network will premiere That Other Pregame Show on Sunday with a four hour pregame show beginning at 9 AM ET and running till 1 PM ET kickoffs, even competing with their own network show, The NFL Today. 

NFL on CBS Game Announcers

1) Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
2) Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf
3) Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts
4) Marv Albert, Rich Gannon
5) Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots
6) Bill Macatee, Steve Tasker
7) Spero Dedes, Steve Beuerlein

The NFL Today: Sunday Noon ET CBS
Talent: James Brown; Boomer Esiason, Dan Marino, Shannon Sharpe, Bill Cowher Reporter: Jason La Canfora; Contributor: Lesley Visser

The Other Pregame Show: Sunday 9AM CBSSN
Talent: Adam Schein, Bart Scott, Amy Trask, Brandon Tierney, Nathan Zegura, Allie LaForce, NFL on CBS Analysts

NFL Monday QB: Monday 6:30PM ET CBSSN
Talent: Adam Schein, Phil Simms, Rich Gannon, Steve Beuerlein; Insider: Jason LaCanfora

Inside the NFL: Wednesday 10 PM ET Showtime
Talent: James Brown; Phil Simms, Cris Collinsworth

ESPN

- Monday Night Football once again will air 17 games up to Week 16. Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden return for their second season (third overall) and will be joined by Lisa Salters. Chris Berman and Trent Dilfer return for the second doubleheader game in Week 1.

-Sunday NFL Countdown remains intact with Berman hosting and analysts, Mike Ditka, Cris Carter, Keyshawn Johnson and Tom Jackson returning. Suzy Kolber will work twice a month on site of the game with the most interest on Sunday with either Ron Jaworski or Merril Hoge.

-ESPN Radio will air Sunday afternoon out of market games featuring the New York Giants, New York Jets, New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins.

Additions: Ray Lewis, Mark Brunell, Jeff Saturday and Jerome Bettis.

Departures: Jerry Rice, Matt Light, Lomas Brown

New Programming: NFL Insiders features a show with no ex-jocks allowed. Suzy Kolber or Wendy Nix host with Chris Mortensen, Adam Schefter and various NFL executives in the analyst roles. Colin Cowherd will also debut a new one hour show on ESPN2 Sundays at 9 a.m. discussing NFL and College Football called "Colin's New Football Show." And you thought That Other Pregame Show was meta.

Sunday NFL Countdown: Sunday 10 AM ET ESPN
Main Set: Chris Berman, Mike Ditka, Cris Carter, Keyshawn Johnson, Tom Jackson; Secondary set: Suzy Kolber, Ron Jaworski or Merril Hoge; Reporters: Chris Mortensen, Adam Schefter, Greg Garber, Sal Paolantonio, Ed Werder; Predictions: Frank Caliendo

NFL Primetime: Monday 1 PM ET ESPN
Host: Trey Wingo, various analysts

Monday Night Countdown: Monday, 7 PM ET ESPN
Studio Set: Chris Berman, Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Keyshawn Johnson, Tom Jackson; Onsite Set: Stuart Scott; Trent Dilfer, Ray Lewis, Steve Young; Reporters: Chris Mortensen, Adam Schefter

Fantasy Football Now: Sunday 11 AM ET ESPN2
Talent: Robert Flores, Tim Hasselbeck, Matthew Berry

NFL Insiders: Weekdays, 3 PM ET ESPN
Talent: Suzy Kolber/Wendi Nix; Chris Mortensen, Adam Schefter; various NFL reporters/analysts

NFL Live: Weekdays, 4 PM ET ESPN
Host: Trey Wingo; various analysts/reporters

A huge h/t to Sammy for the help in compiling data!

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