Super Bowl XLVIII is taking place in Northern New Jersey on Sunday, Feb. 2. Naturally, ESPN and every other network will ignore the state and set up shop in New York City and try to pretend that it's where the Super Bowl is being played. Can you in any way tell that the writer of this is from New Jersey?
Anywho, ESPN will provide more than 115 hours of TV and radio coverage from… wherever the Super Bowl is. They'll have two running sets the entire week, including one from in front of Macy's on 34th and Broadway at Herald Square. That will be the main site of Sunday NFL Countdown and much of the network's studio programming. A secondary set in Times Square will house SportsCenter segments as well as SVP & Russillo.
ESPN will run a ton of shows all next week from New York and Bristol to lead up to the big game. Monday-Friday will feature SportsCenter specials each day at 2:30 p.m. ET leading into NFL Insiders and NFL Live. Pardon the Interruption will also be live from Times Square on Friday, Jan. 31.
The NBA will have a small part to play in all this. NBA Countdown will make a rare east coast appearance in Times Square for its show on Friday, Jan. 31 leading into Oklahoma City taking on Brooklyn. The NBA on ESPN will be live from Madison Square Garden for a rare Saturday night telecast between the Heat and the Knicks.
ESPN Radio will have all of their usual programming, Olbermann will be live all week, and a bunch more is going on. All of this gives one the haunting image of what would happen if ESPN ever got a Super Bowl. Scary to think, isn't it? But that's for a day long in the future. For now, we await just hours and hours of pregame coverage.