Football Night in America

Football Night in America is an American pre-game show that is broadcast on NBC, preceding its broadcasts of Sunday night and Wild Card Saturday National Football League (NFL) games. The program debuted on September 10, 2006, when the network inaugurated its Sunday prime time game package. The 80-minute program airs live at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time, and is broadcast from Studio 1 at NBC Sports Headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut. Prior to 2012, Football Night in America originally broadcast from the GE Building in New York City, first out of Studio 8G from 2006 to 2012 and in 2013, from Studio 8H, where Saturday Night Live is also taped.

The program's title closely resembles CBC Television's long-running Hockey Night in Canada franchise. In addition, NBC – along with ABC and Major League Baseball in a joint effort called "The Baseball Network" – had previously aired baseball games as the similarly titled Baseball Night in America from 1994 to 1995.

Football Night in America
Football Night in America logo
Football Night in America logo
Also known asFootball Night in America on NBC
GenrePre-game show
Presented byTony Dungy
Mike Florio
Peter King
Rodney Harrison
Liam McHugh
Chris Simms
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons12
No. of episodes244 (as of January 13, 2018)
Production location(s)Studio 8G, Comcast Building, New York City, New York (2006–2012)
Studio 8H, Comcast Building, New York City, New York (2013)
NBC Sports Headquarters, Stamford, Connecticut (2014–present)
Various NFL Stadiums (2006–present)
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time80 minutes
Production company(s)National Football League
NBC Sports
Original networkNBC
Universo via Telemundo Deportes (2014–present)
(Spanish simulcasts of select games)
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseSeptember 10, 2006 –
Related showsNFL on NBC
NBC Sunday Night Football
External links

Show format



During the 2006 preseason, the Football Night team appeared at halftime from an exterior set at the site of that night's game, as the set at the GE Building was still being prepared.

The format for Football Night originally had the program begin with a video package, in which a football seemingly flies throughout the country. Several landmarks were featured in the introduction, including the Gateway Arch, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Empire State Building. After a welcome, the program featured a rundown of the day's scores, before a first visit from game announcers Al Michaels and John Madden.

By the end of the first half of the 2006 season, the simulated landmark flyover sequence was removed, and the reading of the game scores was replaced by a round table discussion segment called "The Week (number of NFL week) Buzz", during which the scores appeared at the bottom of the screen. Michaels and Madden were now shown only once during the broadcast, in the later segment, "Drive to Kickoff". Just before the first highlights piece, a graphical rundown banner for the current and succeeding highlight segments (similar to that seen on FSN Final Score) was added on-screen. Originally, the second segment featured several field reports from the day's games, additional analysis, and inside information about the NFL from Peter King.

The field report segment was eventually eliminated, while field reports on the program were reduced, supposedly due to cutbacks at NBC Universal. The second segment began featuring an interview conducted earlier in the week, usually by Bob Costas.

In the third segment, the studio team moved to a screening room, in which highlights of the daytime games were reviewed. Football Night in America is the only pre-game show that the NFL allows to carry long-form highlights (running up to three minutes, twice as long as the usual allowance). Because of Game 2 of the 2006 World Series, and the preference that no NFL game competes against the Major League Baseball championship series, a one-hour edition aired from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. on October 22. Additionally, as the NFL spurned Christmas Eve contests (a policy that was revoked in 2007), another one-hour show aired on December 24.

NBC chooses one game per week to focus on as well. For this game, usually the marquee late matchup on either Fox or CBS, NBC will send one of its reporters to cover the game in a more in-depth fashion (like ESPN does for Sunday NFL Countdown). As of 2014, the on-site role has been primarily filled by Kathryn Tappen. Previously, reports were filed by Carolyn Manno and Alex Flanagan (the latter left NBC Sports after the 2014 season). The on-site reporting role is now a rotating one, with reports now filed by Manno, Tappen and Paul Burmeister (who came over from NFL Network in 2015 to replace the departed Alex Flanagan).

Hyundai Sunday Night Kickoff (previously sponsored by Chevrolet in 2006 and 2007, GMC in 2008, Kia from 2014 to 2017 and Hyundai from 2009 to 2013 and since 2018) is the broadcast's closing segment featuring analysis of the upcoming Sunday Night Football game, which follows immediately afterward, aired shortly before 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The segment features Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth (with John Madden appearing on the segment prior to Madden's retirement from broadcasting in 2009.[1])


Some major changes went into effect for the 2007 season. In addition, to Michaels and Madden appearing in the first segment, Tiki Barber – who was added to the program – was brought in during the second segment to help provide analysis. Starting in the third portion of the program, Costas and Olbermann take turns reading the game highlights, while Barber, Collinsworth and Bettis were isolated in the "players' room" on another part of the set. After each set of highlights, the analysts comment on the events shown. Peter King also appears during the segment from a location on the main set. For the last 30 minutes of each edition, Collinsworth emerges from the room to join Costas by the large monitor on the set for highlights and analysis of two pre-selected "marquee matchups" (in Week 1, for example, these were the New England Patriots at New York Jets and the Chicago Bears at San Diego Chargers). At the end of the show, the panelists reunite for a one-sentence summary before kickoff.

The roundtable segments and screening room were eliminated entirely from the broadcasts. However, interviews continue to be run on occasion; such as on the September 23 edition, in which Costas spoke with Chicago Bears star Devin Hester. Two features were added: the "TKO Report" ("TKO" being an acronym for "The Keith Olbermann"), a mini-commentary by Olbermann on a topic related to the game; and "Monday Morning Headlines," which summarizes the big stories of the NFL's afternoon action, as determined by the panel.

An abbreviated version was shown at halftime, with Olbermann presenting a new segment called "Worst Person in the NFL," modeled after his "Worst Person in the World" commentary segment on MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann. His first "honoree" was himself, for advocating a light prison sentence for Michael Vick on his August 26 debut during a preseason game (the following day, Vick pleaded guilty on charges of dogfighting). On the regular season debut, Olbermann pilloried New York Jets fans for cheering as Chad Pennington limped off the field with an ankle injury.

On September 16, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell appeared live on Football Night to discuss the videotape scandal that enveloped the New England Patriots and their head coach Bill Belichick. In the interview, Goodell revealed that the Patriots were asked to turn over all videotape and still photography from previous games and that the team could face further punishment than what had been announced. Olbermann missed this program due an emergency appendectomy, however he returned the following week (September 24).

A one-hour edition of the program aired on October 28, as the NFL decided not to schedule a game that night to avoid scheduling conflicts with Game 4 of the 2007 World Series, which played that evening (and turned out to be the last game of the baseball season as the Boston Red Sox completed its sweep of the Colorado Rockies).


On July 7, 2008, it was announced that former ESPN and ABC commentator Dan Patrick would join NBC Sports and serve as a co-host on Football Night in America. The move reunited Patrick and Olbermann on television for the first time since their days on ESPN's SportsCenter. The highlights package at the end of the program, originally known as "Olbertime", was also revamped under the new segment title "The Little Big Show," a reference to the duo's nickname during their time on SportsCenter. Olbermann quipped, "We tried 'Sportycenter', but that didn't work out." As had occurred during the previous two years, a one-hour edition aired on October 26 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. due to scheduling issues with Game 4 of the 2008 World Series that resulted the NFL deciding, when the 2008 schedule was released earlier that year, not to schedule a game for that night.

At first, the reunion of Patrick and Olbermann was the only change from the year before. However, in November 2008, NBC released Bettis and Barber from the studio and effectively discontinued the "players' lounge" set. Barber spent the rest of the season as a field reporter, and held those duties for the NFC Wild Card game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Arizona Cardinals on January 3, 2009. Bettis bounced around between Rockefeller Center and select game sites. Bettis appeared in-studio for Football Night for the 2008 Wild Card Saturday matchups. During the 2008–09 playoffs, Matt Millen, who had been fired earlier in the season after roughly eight years as general manager of the Detroit Lions, joined the Football Night in America team as a studio analyst.

Since NBC held the national television rights to Super Bowl XLIII that year, a five-hour edition of the pre-game show aired starting at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time on February 1, 2009. Bob Costas anchored the pre-game, halftime and post-game shows, with Cris Collinsworth as co-host and lead studio analyst. On the main set were recently retired coaches Mike Holmgren and Tony Dungy, along with former Lions executive Matt Millen. Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann hosted segments on an auxiliary set outside the stadium and on the field and in the locker room (standing up) with Football Night regulars Jerome Bettis and Tiki Barber, as well as guest analyst Rodney Harrison. Andrea Kremer and Alex Flanagan respectively filed reports on the Steelers and Cardinals; Patrick handled the Super Bowl presentation.


When the 2009 season of the program kicked off on September 13,[2] Cris Collinsworth replaced John Madden as a color commentator, alongside Michaels following Madden's retirement. Bettis' contract was not renewed; Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison replaced Collinsworth and Bettis as full-time studio analysts,[3] while Barber served as an on-site reporter.

On August 26, NBC announced that Football Night host Bob Costas would host the pre-game show at the game site; pregame panelists Dan Patrick, Keith Olbermann, Dungy and Harrison would remain in the New York City studio.



The basic format remained unchanged from the previous year; all commentators remained except for Olbermann, who remained with MSNBC until his dismissal and move to Current TV (later Al Jazeera America) the following year.

The December 26 edition of the program aired for 90 minutes, with Costas hosting from Lincoln Financial Field despite the postponement of that night's Vikings-Eagles game to December 28 due to a blizzard that hit the area a few days earlier. A short five-minute pre-game show aired on that night preceding the game, however the usual Sunday Night Football introduction by Faith Hill did not air.


The format remained virtually unchanged as all commentators returned to the show from the previous season.

On February 6, 2012, NBC aired a five-hour Super Bowl XLVI pre-game telecast starting at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time, hosted by Bob Costas and Dan Patrick, who also emceed the halftime and post-game shows; Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison served as the co-hosts and lead studio analysts. Active NFL players Aaron Rodgers and Hines Ward contributed as guest analysts exclusively on the pre-game show. Costas hosted segments on an auxiliary set outside the stadium and on-field; Patrick hosted segments from the stadium concourse on an additional auxiliary. Michele Tafoya filed respective reports on the Giants and Patriots, while Patrick handled the Super Bowl presentation.


The format remained virtually unchanged as all commentators returned to the show from the previous season.


With Studio 8G being prepped to become the home for Seth Meyers' version of Late Night, production of Football Night in America moved to Studio 8H at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, the studio in which Saturday Night Live also broadcasts. Earlier that year, in March, NBC Sports' operations and all other studio programs moved from the network's New York City headquarters to a new facility in Stamford, Connecticut.


Football Night in America joined the other NBC Sports studio programs at the new NBC Sports Headquarters in Stamford, where an entirely new set for the program was introduced with the debut of the program's ninth season on September 7, 2014, replacing the original set that had been used since the program's 2006 debut. In addition, Kia Motors replaced Hyundai (both automakers are owned by Hyundai Motor Group) as the sponsor for the program's Sunday Night Kickoff segment. Then-recently added NBC Sports correspondent Josh Elliott (formerly of ESPN and later, ABC's Good Morning America) also joined the FNIA broadcast team that year. Elliott would leave NBC Sports to join the network's sister news division in March of the following year.

On February 1, 2015, NBC aired a five-hour Super Bowl XLIX pre-game telecast starting at 1:00 p.m. ET, hosted by Bob Costas and Dan Patrick, who also emceed the halftime and post-game shows; Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison once again served as the co-hosts and lead studio analysts, along with guest analyst John Harbaugh.


The "4 Downs" segment was added as the final segment of FNIA before ending with Costas at the game site.


Other than Mike Tirico joining FNIA to alternate pregame hosting duties with Bob Costas at the SNF game site, the format remained virtually unchanged as all commentators returned to the show from the previous season.


Mike Tirico became the new host of the program from the SNF game site, replacing Bob Costas. Also, the format remained virtually unchanged as all of the other in-studio commentators (Patrick, Harrison and Dungy) returned from the previous season.

On February 4, 2018, NBC aired a six-hour pregame show from Minneapolis, the host city of Super Bowl LII, starting at noon ET (11am CT), hosted by Patrick, Dungy and Harrison, the latter two also served as lead analysts. Liam McHugh, who had previously hosted the NBC-produced Thursday Night Football pregame show during parts of the 2017 NFL season, filled in for Tirico at the game site while the latter was in PyeongChang, South Korea preparing for the network's Winter Olympics coverage (which began just four nights later, on February 8, 2018). Patrick also hosted the halftime and postgame shows.


For the 2018 season, Mike Tirico moved to NBC Sports HQ in Stamford to be the new studio host for the show, replacing Dan Patrick. Tirico is joined in studio by returning analysts Rodney Harrison and Tony Dungy. Liam McHugh took over Tirico's previous role at the SNF game site. The show now ends with Sunday Night Football game picks by Tirico, Harrison and Dungy.

Wild Card Saturday

Prior to the Wild Card Saturday doubleheader, a half-hour version of Football Night in America is broadcast featuring an in-depth preview of the first game; during the afternoon halftime, a special edition of the Sunday Night Football halftime show is also broadcast. After the conclusion of the afternoon game and before the kickoff of the night game, an edition known in 2007 as the Diet Pepsi Bridge Show aired.

At that point, the format became very similar to the traditional Football Night in America broadcasts, with Faith Hill singing a special playoff version of the intro, Al Michaels and John Madden working the booth, and Keith Olbermann doing a segment during halftime. In addition, until Madden's 2009 retirement, a "Horse Trailer Player of the Game" was named awarding the MVP for the nighttime game. In 2009, the Wild Card edition of the pre-game was retitled the NFL on NBC Studio Show.


2006–2008 seasons

For the 2006 Wild Card coverage, Jim L. Mora appeared as co-host in place of Cris Collinsworth. In 2007, Miami Dolphins player Jason Taylor filled in for Collinsworth in the player's room, as Collinsworth was in Seattle, serving as a commentator for the afternoon game with Tom Hammond. Matt Millen made his first public appearance in Collinsworth's seat for the network's 2008 Wild Card coverage, after being fired by the Detroit Lions. Barber did not appear as he was assigned as the sideline reporter for the early game.


Bob Costas hosted the pre-game from New Orleans, while Charles Barkley – who was at 30 Rock to host that evening's episode of Saturday Night Live, which taped next door at Studio 8H – sat in with Patrick, Dungy and Harrison in New York City.[4]

NBC renegotiated its contract with the NFL following the 2013 season and ceded one of its two Wild Card Saturday playoff games in order to obtain rights to one of the Saturday playoff games in the Divisional Playoffs. This guarantees NBC at least two games per playoff year, with the network airing a wild card matchup, and a second round playoff game which alternates conferences each year.

These playoff games under the 2014 contract have aired at 1:00 pm EST, 4:30 pm EST, and NBC's usual 8:30 pm EST.

However beginning with the 2016-17 NFL playoffs, 1:00 pm playoff games have been eliminated by the league, at first nominally due to weather, but announced as permanent a week later.

Theme music

Starting in 2018, NBC implemented an opening, similar to the opening that kicks off SNF. The song used is “Check it Out” by Oh the Larceny. The open features NFL players like: the Vikings’ Stefon Diggs & Anthony Barr, the Cowboys’ Dak Prescott, the Rams’ Todd Gurley & Jared Goff, the Falcons’ Julio Jones, and the Seahawks’ Russell Wilson. Some of the players’ actions during the open were taken from when NBC had a share of Thursday Night Football In 2016 and 2017.

Thursday night games

Football Night in America was also used as the pre-game show for NBC-produced Thursday Night Football games in 2016 and 2017, though with a slightly varying format due to it being that week's first game, and America in the title substituted with the name of the host city/region of that night's game (A Vikings home game would have that edition of the pre-game titled Football Night in Minnesota, for instance).


For the program's inaugural season in 2006, Bob Costas served as the host, with Cris Collinsworth, Sterling Sharpe and Jerome Bettis as analysts, and Sports Illustrated columnist Peter King as the special "insider" reporter. On September 7, 2006, Jerome Bettis arrived on the exterior set in a school bus (a reference to his nickname as a player for the Pittsburgh Steelers, "The Bus"); that night, in addition to providing analysis, Bettis received his ring for winning Super Bowl XL. Bettis missed the December 3 broadcast to prepare for the funeral of his father, Johnnie, who had died of a heart attack the previous Tuesday. NFL Network analyst Marshall Faulk (who at the time was technically still an active player in the NFL, although the St. Louis Rams eventually cut him after a series of injuries) substituted for Bettis that week.

At the end of the 2006 season, Sharpe's contract was apparently terminated, and former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber replaced him in 2007.[5] Keith Olbermann, then host of MSNBC's Countdown, was named as another co-host.[6] In addition, Costas and Collinsworth hosted the halftime show for the Georgia TechNotre Dame game on September 1, 2007; this turned out to be a one-shot promotional appearance.


  • Cris Collinsworth – studio co-host and analyst (2006–2009), on-site co-host/color commentary (2009–present)
  • Tony Dungy – studio analyst (2009–present)
  • Mike Florio – NFL insider (2010–present)
  • Peter King – NFL insider/contributor (2006–present)
  • Rodney Harrison – studio analyst (2009–present)
  • Terry McAulay – rules analyst (2018–present)
  • Liam McHugh - on–site host (2018–present)
  • Al Michaels – play-by-play (2006–present)
  • Michele Tafoya – sideline reporter (2011–present)
  • Mike Tirico – fill in on-site host/fill in play-by-play (2016), on–site host (2017), studio host (2018–present)


Nielsen ratings

For the 2013 season (from September 23 to December 15, 2013), Football Night in America averaged 4.123 million viewers between 7:00 and 7:29 p.m. Eastern Time; 4.960 million between 7:30 and 7:58 p.m. Eastern and 11.677 million between 8:00 and 8:22 p.m. Eastern.[7]

The November 2, 2014 broadcast averaged 3.408 million viewers between 7:30 and 7:58 p.m. Eastern Time, and 10.124 million viewers between 7:59 to 8:22 p.m. Eastern.[8]

See also


  1. ^ "John Madden retires from broadcasting". NBC Sports. April 16, 2009. Retrieved April 16, 2009.
  2. ^ Matt Mitovich (June 25, 2009). "NBC Announces Fall Series Premiere Dates". TV Guide. Retrieved June 25, 2009.
  3. ^ Bob Raissman (June 2, 2009). "Sources: Tony Dungy to join NBC's "Football Night In America" team". New York Daily News. Retrieved June 3, 2009.
  4. ^ Aly Semigran (January 8, 2012). "'Saturday Night Live' recap: Charles Barkley's third hosting gig was a missed shot". Entertainment Weekly (PopWatch). Time Inc. Retrieved January 8, 2012.
  5. ^ "Tiki Barber Joins NBC". NBC Sports. February 13, 2007. Retrieved June 3, 2009.
  6. ^ "Keith Olbermann Named Co-Host, NBC's 'Football Night in America'". NBC Sports. April 16, 2007. Retrieved June 3, 2009.
  7. ^ "100 Most-Watched Shows on Broadcast TV". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. December 18, 2012.
  8. ^ "Sunday Final Nationals: Nik Wallenda Helps Boost Discovery". TV Media Insights. November 4, 2014.

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Dan Patrick

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This was the first Journey album where all of the band members share the lead vocalist duties. Jonathan Cain sings lead on "Every Generation" and "Pride of the Family", the first time he sang lead since "All That Really Matters" (a song originally left off Frontiers) from the Time3 box set. Deen Castronovo sings lead on "A Better Life" and "Never Too Late". Neal Schon provides lead vocals for "In Self Defense" (previously recorded for the Schon & Hammer album Here to Stay) and Ross Valory lends his vocals to "Gone Crazy".

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Hines Ward

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Born in Seoul, South Korea, to a Korean mother and African-American father, Ward grew up in the Atlanta area. He has become an advocate for the social acceptance of foreigners in Korea, especially blended or mixed race youth.Aside from his career in the NFL, Ward has appeared in various forms of film and television media, including the reality TV series Dancing With The Stars and brief cameos in the 2012 film The Dark Knight Rises and in the television series The Walking Dead. He was a studio analyst for NBC's Football Night in America from 2012 to 2015. Ward joined CNN and HLN in May 2016. He is the Player Relations Executive of the Alliance of American Football.

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List of Pittsburgh Steelers figures in broadcasting

The Steelers franchise has a rich history of producing well-known sportscasters over the years: the most famous of which is Myron Cope, who served as a Steelers radio color commentator for 35 seasons (1970-2004).

Additionally, several former players for the Pittsburgh Steelers picked up the broadcast microphone:

Lynn Swann (wide receiver, 1974-1982) - Starting in 1978 was a sideline reporter for ABC Sports. Over the 2005 and 2006 NFL seasons, he had taken a leave of absence to unsuccessfully pursue the governor's office of Pennsylvania. Swann has also had several Hollywood roles, making cameos in 1998's The Waterboy, 1993's The Program and 1991's The Last Boy Scout. His TV cameos include Saturday Night Live and The Drew Carey Show.

Merril Hoge (running back, 1987-1993) - Has hosted sports shows on ESPN and ESPN2 since 1996 most notably NFL Matchup, Football Friday and NFL 2Night/ NFLLive. He has also had hosting duties on ABC/ESPN's Great Outdoor Games. He also served as an analyst for the Steelers radio network alongside Bill Hillgrove and the late Myron Cope.

Mark Malone (quarterback, 1980-1987) - Began his career as a sports reporter for Pittsburgh's WPXI-TV from 1991–1994, from 1994 to 2004 he hosted nationally-televised sports shows for ESPN, including NFL 2Night, NFL Matchup and the X-Games. From 2004-2008 he was director of sports broadcasting at CBS2 Chicago. Now Hosts his own program weeknights from 7 PM - 10 PM on NBC Sports Radio.

Jerome Bettis (running back, 1998-2011) - Formerly an analyst of NBC Sunday Night Football's Football Night in America pre-game with Bob Costas 2006–2009, also is host of the Pittsburgh broadcast The Jerome Bettis Show 1998–2007 on KDKA-TV and 2007-Present on WPXI-TV.

Hines Ward (wide receiver, 1996-2005) - Former analyst of NBC Sunday Night Football's Football Night in America. Pregame/halftime analyst for Notre Dame Football on NBC (2013–2015), Now is a Sports Analyst for CNN since 2016 and hosts The Hines Ward Show 2013–Present on WPXI-TV.

Bill Cowher (head coach, 1992-2006) - Co-host of CBS Sports NFL Today on CBS as a studio analyst, joining Dan Marino, Shannon Sharpe, and Boomer Esiason. Cowher had a cameo in 1998's The Waterboy, and in 2007 Cowher appeared in the ABC reality television series Fast Cars and Superstars: The Gillette Young Guns Celebrity Race, featuring a dozen celebrities in a stock car racing competition. Cowher matched up against Gabrielle Reece and William Shatner. Cowher has also made a cameo in The Dark Knight Rises with several other Steelers players, as the coach of the Gotham Rogues.

Terry Bradshaw (quarterback, 1970-1983) - Started as a Guest commentator for CBS NFL Playoff broadcasts from 1980–1982, after retirement he joined Verne Lundquist at CBS full-time as a game anaylst on what would become one of the top rated sports broadcasts. In 1990, he went from the broadcast booth to the pre-game studio shows anchoring the NFL Today pre-game shows on CBS and later on Fox NFL Sunday. He has in recent years started to host regular features in addition to the show, "Ten yards with TB" and the "Terry Awards". In addition to broadcasting Bradshaw has had appearances in several major motion pictures (most notably Smokey and the Bandit II, Black Sunday, and Failure to Launch) as well as spokesman for Radio Shack and SaniKing among others in commercials. He also has made many guest appearances on sitcoms from Married... with Children to Evening Shade and Wee Willie Winkie.

Kordell Stewart (quarterback 1998-2003) - Currently an ESPN Analyst for all NFL shows and an Analyst for TuneIn's NFL Coverage.

Tunch Ilkin (offensive tackle, 1980–1992) - current Steelers radio color commentator; Pittsburgh CW Network In the Locker Room Host 2006–Present.

Craig Wolfley (offensive lineman, 1980-1989) - current Steelers radio sideline reporter; Pittsburgh CW Network In the Locker Room Host 2006–Present.

Rod Woodson (defensive back, 1987–1996), (1997 with 49ers), (1998-2001 with Ravens), & (2002-2003 with Raiders) - current Analysts for NFL Network 2003–Present.

Jack Ham (linebacker, 1971–1982) - did color commentary for the Steelers on KDKA-TV during the NFL Preseason into the early 2000s before leaving and being replaced by former teammate Edmund Nelson. Ham also co-hosted some pregame and postgame shows on the station, but was replaced by Nelson in those roles as well. Since 2000, Ham has been the color analyst on the Penn State football radio network.

Edmund Nelson (defensive lineman, 1982-1988) - served as the color analyst for Pittsburgh Steelers pre-season games and participated as a co-host to Bob Pompeani in KDKA-TV's regular season pre-game program Steelers Kickoff until retiring in 2015.

Charlie Batch (quarterback, 2002-2012) - took a Steelers pre-game studio analyst job with KDKA-TV for the 2013 season alongside KDKA-TV sports anchor Bob Pompeani and ex-Steeler defensive lineman Edmund Nelson, effectively ending his NFL career. He continued in this role for the 2014 season. In 2015, Batch replaced the retiring Nelson as KDKA-TV's color commentator for preseason games, while becoming the main studio analyst for the Steelers pre-game coverage prior to the national airing of The NFL Today. Former teammate Chris Hoke replaced Nelson for the post-game show.

Tony Dungy (defensive back, 1977-1979) - as an analyst on NBC's Football Night in America.

Mike Florio

Mike Florio (born June 8, 1965) is an American sports writer, radio host, and television commentator. He writes for, which he created and owns.

Florio is also a contributor to NBC's Sunday night NFL studio show Football Night in America and appears in the Sunday Night Football postgame show to break down the NFL's top stories of the day with Bob Costas. Additionally, he appears with Peter King of Sports Illustrated during halftime of NBC's coverage of Notre Dame football to discuss timely NFL topics.

Mike Tirico

Michael Todd Tirico (; born December 13, 1966) is an American sportscaster working for NBC Sports. He is perhaps best known for his 10-year run as an NFL play-by-play announcer on ESPN's Monday Night Football from 2006 to 2015. During his 25 year tenure with ESPN, Tirico also called a multitude of sports for the network, including the NBA, college football and basketball, golf, tennis, and hockey. He was one of the anchors of ESPN's coverage of the FIFA World Cup along with Bob Ley.Tirico left ESPN when his contract expired in the summer of 2016, and was subsequently hired by NBC Sports. Tirico debuted during its coverage of the 2016 Open Championship. Although it was reported that NBC had intended Tirico to serve as the lead play-by-play for newly acquired portion of the Thursday Night Football package, contractual obligations required the positions to be filled by NBC's existing Sunday Night Football broadcast team. However, Tirico would call a limited schedule of games from both packages in the 2016 season, primarily as a substitute for lead commentator Al Michaels, and on several NFL Network-exclusive games. Tirico would become the lead play-by-play commentator for NBC's Thursday Night Football games in the 2017 season. After calling three Notre Dame games in 2016, Tirico also replaced Dan Hicks as the full-time play-by-play man for Notre Dame football in 2017.

On February 9, 2017, it was announced that Tirico would become primetime host of NBC's coverage of the Olympics, beginning at the 2018 Winter Olympics, and as the on-site host for NBC's coverage of the NFL beginning in the 2017 season, both replacing veteran sportscaster, Bob Costas. In August 2018, he was named the new studio host of NBC's Football Night in America, replacing Dan Patrick.


The NFL on NBC is the branding used for broadcasts of National Football League (NFL) games that are produced by NBC Sports, and televised on the NBC television network in the United States.

NBC had sporadically carried NFL games as early as 1939, including the championship and Pro Bowl through the 1950s and early 1960s. Beginning in 1965, NBC signed an agreement to carry the American Football League's telecasts, which carried over with the American Football Conference (AFC) when the AFL merged with the NFL. NBC would continuously carry the AFL/AFC's Sunday afternoon games from 1965 through the 1997 season, after which NBC lost the AFC contract to CBS.

NFL coverage returned to NBC on August 6, 2006, under the title NBC Sunday Night Football, beginning with its coverage of the preseason Pro Football Hall of Fame Game. From 2016 to 2017, NBC added a five-game Thursday Night Football package to its offerings supplementing two Thursday games that were already part of the Sunday Night Football package. Game coverage is usually preceded by the pregame show Football Night in America.

NHL on NBC commentators

From 2006 to 2008, NBC's studio show originally broadcast out of the rink at New York's Rockefeller Center, at the foot of NBC's offices during January and February. This allowed the on-air talent, including commentators for NHL on NBC, and their guests (often ex-players and youth hockey teams) to demonstrate plays and hockey skills. From April onwards, and during inclement weather, the studio show moved to Studio 8G inside the GE Building, where NBC produces its Football Night in America program. For the Stanley Cup Finals, the show was broadcast on location.

Beginning in 2008, the studio show originates from the game venue.

Outstanding Studio Show

The Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Studio Show was first awarded in 1988. One sports studio show, whether a pregame or a nightly news show, was honored each year. In 2001, the category was split into two subcategories — Outstanding Studio Show, Daily and Outstanding Studio Show, Weekly, thus awarding two shows annually.

Peter King (sportswriter)

Peter King (born June 10, 1957) is an American sportswriter. He wrote for Sports Illustrated from 1989 to 2018, including the weekly multiple-page column Monday Morning Quarterback. He is the author of five books, including Inside the Helmet. He has been named National Sportswriter of the Year three times.Before coming to Sports Illustrated, King was a writer for The Cincinnati Enquirer from 1980 to 1985 and Newsday from 1985 to 1989.

Since 1992 King has been a member of the Board of Selectors for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In 2006, he joined Football Night in America, NBC Sports' Sunday night NFL studio show.In May 2018, King announced that he would be ending his 29-year tenure at Sports Illustrated to work for NBC Sports full-time. He continues to publish his long-read column, now titled Football Morning in America.

Scott Pioli

Scott Pioli (born March 31, 1965) is an American football executive who is currently the assistant general manager for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). He was an NFL analyst for NBC Sports' Football Night in America, NBC Sports Network's Pro Football Talk, Sirius XM NFL Radio and the NFL Network. He previously served as a front office executive for the Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs. Pioli served as the Director - and later Vice President - of Player Personnel for the Patriots from 2001 to 2008 when the franchise won three Super Bowl championships. On January 22, 2014, the Falcons hired Pioli as their assistant general manager.

The NFL on NBC pregame show

The NBC television network's in-studio pre-game coverage for their National Football League game telecasts has had a rather inconsistent history in comparison to other pre-game shows (such as The NFL Today on CBS and Fox NFL Sunday on Fox). The following is an overview of the various titles and formats relating towards NBC Sports' NFL pre-game coverage.

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