List of Super Bowl broadcasters

The following is a list of Super Bowl broadcasters, that is, all of the national American television and radio networks and sports announcers that have broadcast the first four AFL-NFL World Championship Games and thereafter the championship games of the National Football League. It does not include any announcers who may have appeared on local radio broadcasts produced by the participating teams.

Originally alternated between the AFL's broadcaster (then NBC) and the NFL's broadcaster (then CBS), the game is now alternated between the three main broadcast television rightsholders of the NFL—CBS, Fox and NBC. CBS has televised the most Super Bowl games, with Super Bowl LIII as its 20th.

NBC originally had broadcasting rights for the Super Bowl XXVI and CBS for the XXVII, but the NFL allowed the networks to switch the two games in order to allow CBS a significant lead-in to its coverage of the 1992 Winter Olympics. Likewise, NBC was to air the Super Bowl LV and CBS for the LVI, but they agreed to swap the broadcasting rights, therefore CBS will benefit from holding rights to the Super Bowl and the 2021 NCAA Final Four, whereas NBC will be abled to pair its Super Bowl coverage with the 2022 Winter Olympics.[1]

Television

Game Date Network Play-by-play announcers Color commentators Sideline reporters Pregame hosts Pregame analysts Trophy presentation Notes
I January 15, 1967 CBS Ray Scott
(first half)
Jack Whitaker
(second half)
Frank Gifford Pat Summerall Pat Summerall 1
NBC Curt Gowdy Paul Christman Charlie Jones Jim Simpson George Ratterman George Ratterman
II January 14, 1968 CBS Ray Scott Pat Summerall and Jack Kemp Frank Gifford and Jack Whitaker Frank Gifford
III January 12, 1969 NBC Curt Gowdy Kyle Rote and Al DeRogatis Jim Simpson Curt Gowdy Kyle Rote and Al DeRogatis Jim Simpson
IV January 11, 1970 CBS Jack Buck Pat Summerall Frank Gifford and Jack Whitaker Frank Gifford
V January 17, 1971 NBC Curt Gowdy Kyle Rote Bill Enis Curt Gowdy Joe Namath Bill Enis
VI January 16, 1972 CBS Ray Scott Pat Summerall Tom Brookshier Jack Whitaker Tom Brookshier
VII January 14, 1973 NBC Curt Gowdy Al DeRogatis Bill Enis Curt Gowdy Joe Namath Bill Enis
VIII January 13, 1974 CBS Ray Scott Pat Summerall and Bart Starr Tom Brookshier Jack Whitaker Tom Brookshier
IX January 12, 1975 NBC Curt Gowdy Al DeRogatis and Don Meredith Charlie Jones Jack Perkins Joe Namath and Don Meredith Charlie Jones
X January 18, 1976 CBS Pat Summerall Tom Brookshier
Hank Stram (fourth quarter)
Brent Musburger Irv Cross, Phyllis George and Jack Whitaker Tom Brookshier and Sonny Jurgensen
XI January 9, 1977 NBC Curt Gowdy Don Meredith Lee Leonard and Bryant Gumbel John Brodie Bryant Gumbel
XII January 15, 1978 CBS Pat Summerall Tom Brookshier Paul Hornung and Nick Buoniconti Brent Musburger Irv Cross, Phyllis George and Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder Gary Bender
XIII January 21, 1979 NBC Curt Gowdy John Brodie and Merlin Olsen Dick Enberg Bryant Gumbel, Mike Adamle, Donna De Varona and Fran Tarkenton Mike Adamle
XIV January 20, 1980 CBS Pat Summerall Tom Brookshier Brent Musburger Irv Cross, Jayne Kennedy, Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder, John Madden and George Allen Brent Musburger
XV January 25, 1981 NBC Dick Enberg Merlin Olsen John Brodie and Len Dawson Bryant Gumbel Mike Adamle, Pete Axthelm, and Bob Trumpy Bryant Gumbel
XVI January 24, 1982 CBS Pat Summerall John Madden Irv Cross and Phyllis George Brent Musburger Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder, Terry Bradshaw and Roger Staubach Brent Musburger
XVII January 30, 1983 NBC Dick Enberg Merlin Olsen Bill Macatee Len Berman Mike Adamle, Pete Axthelm and Ahmad Rashād Mike Adamle
XVIII January 22, 1984 CBS Pat Summerall John Madden Irv Cross and Jim Hill Brent Musburger Pat O'Brien, Phyllis George, Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder, Dick Vermeil, Charlsie Cantey, and Tom Brookshier Brent Musburger
XIX[2] January 20, 1985 ABC Frank Gifford Don Meredith and Joe Theismann Al Michaels and Jim Lampley O. J. Simpson and Tom Landry Jim Lampley
XX January 26, 1986 NBC Dick Enberg Merlin Olsen and Bob Griese Bill Macatee Bob Costas Pete Axthelm and Ahmad Rashād Bob Costas
XXI January 25, 1987 CBS Pat Summerall John Madden Irv Cross and Will McDonough Brent Musburger Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder, Dan Dierdorf, Terry Bradshaw and Joe Theismann Brent Musburger
XXII January 31, 1988 ABC Al Michaels Frank Gifford and Dan Dierdorf Jack Whitaker, Jim Hill and Becky Dixon Keith Jackson Lynn Swann and Mike Adamle Keith Jackson
XXIII[3] January 22, 1989 NBC Dick Enberg Merlin Olsen Jim Gray Bob Costas and Gayle Gardner Paul Maguire and Don Shula Bob Costas
XXIV[4] January 28, 1990 CBS Pat Summerall John Madden Irv Cross and Will McDonough Brent Musburger Terry Bradshaw, Mike Ditka, Ken Stabler and Dan Fouts Brent Musburger
XXV[5] January 27, 1991 ABC Al Michaels Frank Gifford and Dan Dierdorf Lynn Swann and Jack Arute Brent Musburger Dick Vermeil and Bob Griese Brent Musburger
XXVI[6] January 26, 1992 CBS Pat Summerall John Madden Lesley Visser and Pat O'Brien and Jim Gray Greg Gumbel Terry Bradshaw, Dan Fouts and Randy Cross Lesley Visser 2
XXVII[7] January 31, 1993 NBC Dick Enberg Bob Trumpy O. J. Simpson and Todd Christensen Bob Costas Mike Ditka and Joe Gibbs Bob Costas
XXVIII January 30, 1994 NBC Dick Enberg Bob Trumpy O. J. Simpson and Will McDonough Jim Lampley and Bob Costas Mike Ditka and Joe Gibbs Jim Lampley 3
XXIX January 29, 1995 ABC Al Michaels Frank Gifford and Dan Dierdorf Lynn Swann and Lesley Visser Brent Musburger Dick Vermeil and Boomer Esiason Brent Musburger
XXX[8] January 28, 1996 NBC Dick Enberg Phil Simms and Paul Maguire Jim Gray and Will McDonough Greg Gumbel and Ahmad Rashād Mike Ditka, Joe Gibbs and Joe Montana Greg Gumbel
XXXI[9] January 26, 1997 Fox Pat Summerall John Madden Ron Pitts and Bill Maas James Brown Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long and Ronnie Lott Terry Bradshaw
XXXII[10] January 25, 1998 NBC Dick Enberg Phil Simms and Paul Maguire Jim Gray and John Dockery Greg Gumbel and Ahmad Rashād Cris Collinsworth, Sam Wyche and Joe Gibbs Greg Gumbel
XXXIII[11] January 31, 1999 Fox Pat Summerall John Madden Ron Pitts and Bill Maas James Brown Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long and Cris Collinsworth Terry Bradshaw
XXXIV[12] January 30, 2000 ABC Al Michaels Boomer Esiason Lesley Visser and Lynn Swann Chris Berman Steve Young Mike Tirico
XXXV[13] January 28, 2001 CBS Greg Gumbel Phil Simms Armen Keteyian and Bonnie Bernstein Jim Nantz Mike Ditka, Craig James, Randy Cross and Jerry Glanville Jim Nantz
XXXVI[14] February 3, 2002 Fox Pat Summerall John Madden Pam Oliver and Ron Pitts James Brown Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long and Cris Collinsworth Terry Bradshaw
XXXVII[15] January 26, 2003 ABC Al Michaels John Madden Melissa Stark and Lynn Swann Chris Berman Steve Young, Michael Strahan and Brian Billick Mike Tirico
XXXVIII February 1, 2004 CBS Greg Gumbel Phil Simms Armen Keteyian and Bonnie Bernstein Jim Nantz Dan Marino, Deion Sanders and Boomer Esiason Jim Nantz
XXXIX February 6, 2005 Fox Joe Buck Troy Aikman and Cris Collinsworth Pam Oliver and Chris Myers James Brown Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long and Jimmy Johnson Terry Bradshaw
XL February 5, 2006 ABC Al Michaels John Madden Michele Tafoya and Suzy Kolber Chris Berman and Mike Tirico Steve Young, Michael Irvin and Tom Jackson (main set); Bill Belichick (2nd set) Mike Tirico
XLI February 4, 2007 CBS Jim Nantz Phil Simms Lesley Visser, Sam Ryan, Steve Tasker and Solomon Wilcots James Brown Dan Marino, Shannon Sharpe and Boomer Esiason Jim Nantz
XLII February 3, 2008 Fox Joe Buck Troy Aikman Pam Oliver and Chris Myers Curt Menefee Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long and Jimmy Johnson Terry Bradshaw
XLIII February 1, 2009 NBC Al Michaels John Madden Andrea Kremer and Alex Flanagan Bob Costas, Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann Cris Collinsworth, Jerome Bettis, Tiki Barber, Matt Millen, Tony Dungy, Mike Holmgren and Rodney Harrison Dan Patrick
XLIV February 7, 2010 CBS Jim Nantz Phil Simms Steve Tasker and Solomon Wilcots James Brown Dan Marino, Bill Cowher, Shannon Sharpe and Boomer Esiason Jim Nantz
XLV February 6, 2011 Fox Joe Buck Troy Aikman Pam Oliver and Chris Myers Curt Menefee Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, Michael Strahan and Jimmy Johnson Terry Bradshaw
XLVI February 5, 2012 NBC Al Michaels Cris Collinsworth Michele Tafoya Bob Costas and Dan Patrick Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison, Aaron Rodgers and Hines Ward Dan Patrick
XLVII February 3, 2013 CBS Jim Nantz Phil Simms Steve Tasker, Solomon Wilcots and Tracy Wolfson James Brown and Greg Gumbel Dan Marino, Bill Cowher, Shannon Sharpe, Boomer Esiason, Clay Matthews and Larry Fitzgerald Jim Nantz
XLVIII February 2, 2014 Fox Joe Buck Troy Aikman Pam Oliver and Erin Andrews Curt Menefee Howie Long, Michael Strahan and Jimmy Johnson Michael Strahan 4
XLIX February 1, 2015 NBC Al Michaels Cris Collinsworth Michele Tafoya Bob Costas and Dan Patrick Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison, Hines Ward and John Harbaugh Dan Patrick
50 February 7, 2016 CBS Jim Nantz Phil Simms Tracy Wolfson and Evan Washburn James Brown, Ian Eagle and Greg Gumbel Tony Gonzalez, Bill Cowher, Bart Scott, Boomer Esiason, Sean Payton, Brandon Marshall, Trent Green, Steve Smith Sr. and Amy Trask Jim Nantz
LI February 5, 2017 Fox Joe Buck Troy Aikman Erin Andrews and Chris Myers Curt Menefee Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, Michael Strahan and Jimmy Johnson Terry Bradshaw
LII February 4, 2018 NBC Al Michaels Cris Collinsworth Michele Tafoya Dan Patrick and Liam McHugh Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison and John Harbaugh Dan Patrick
LIII February 3, 2019 CBS Jim Nantz Tony Romo Tracy Wolfson, Evan Washburn and Jay Feely James Brown and Ian Eagle Bill Cowher, Nate Burleson, Boomer Esiason, Phil Simms, Russell Wilson and Von Miller Jim Nantz
LIV February 2, 2020 Fox TBD
LV February 7, 2021 CBS TBD 5
LVI February 6, 2022 NBC TBD

Notes

  • ^Note 1 : Super Bowl I was simulcast on both CBS (at the time the sole NFL network) and NBC[16] (the AFL network). From Super Bowl II onward, the networks began rotating exclusive coverage of the game on an annual basis. Super Bowls I–VI were blacked out in the television markets of the host cities, due to league restrictions then in place.
  • ^Note 3 : The television contract for 1990-1993 had each network having one Super Bowl telecast of the first three games as part of the package. The fourth Super Bowl (XXVIII) was up for a separate sealed bid. NBC won the bid, and since they were last in the rotation for Super Bowl coverage in the regular contract, ended up with two straight Super Bowls. CBS is the only other network to televise two Super Bowls (I and II) in a row. It is also of note that those two Super Bowls are the only back-to-back Super Bowls to feature the same two teams (Dallas Cowboys and Buffalo Bills).
  • ^Note 5 : Under the 2013 television contract, Super Bowl LV was originally assigned to NBC, while Super Bowl LVI was originally assigned to CBS. In March 2019, CBS agreed to trade Super Bowl LVI to NBC in exchange for Super Bowl LV so that the former would not have to compete against the 2022 Winter Olympics.

See also

Radio

Game Date Network Play-by-play announcers Color commentators Sideline reporters Studio hosts
I January 15, 1967 CBS Jack Drees Tom Hedrick
NBC Jim Simpson George Ratterman
II January 14, 1968 CBS Jack Drees Tom Hedrick
III January 12, 1969 NBC Charlie Jones George Ratterman and Pat Summerall
IV January 11, 1970 CBS Bob Reynolds Tom Hedrick
V January 17, 1971 NBC Jay Randolph Al DeRogatis
VI January 16, 1972 CBS Andy Musser Ray Geracy
VII January 14, 1973 NBC Jim Simpson Kyle Rote
VIII January 13, 1974 CBS Andy Musser Bob Tucker
IX January 12, 1975 NBC Jim Simpson John Brodie
X January 18, 1976 CBS Ed Ingles Jim Kelly
XI January 9, 1977 NBC Jim Simpson John Brodie
XII January 15, 1978 CBS Jack Buck Jim Kelly and Sonny Jurgensen
XIII January 21, 1979 CBS Jack Buck Hank Stram Brent Musburger Pat Summerall
XIV January 20, 1980 CBS Jack Buck Hank Stram Dick Stockton
XV January 25, 1981 CBS Jack Buck Hank Stram Irv Cross Dick Stockton and Brent Musburger
XVI January 24, 1982 CBS Jack Buck Hank Stram Dick Stockton
XVII January 30, 1983 CBS Jack Buck Hank Stram Dick Stockton and Brent Musburger
XVIII January 22, 1984 CBS Jack Buck Hank Stram Dick Stockton
XIX January 20, 1985 CBS Jack Buck Hank Stram Irv Cross Brent Musburger
XX January 26, 1986 NBC Don Criqui Bob Trumpy Stan Martyn
XXI January 25, 1987 NBC Don Criqui Bob Trumpy Bob Costas
XXII January 31, 1988 CBS Jack Buck Hank Stram Brent Musburger
XXIII January 22, 1989 CBS Jack Buck Hank Stram Irv Cross and Will McDonough Brent Musburger
XXIV January 28, 1990 CBS Jack Buck Hank Stram
Randy Cross (fourth quarter)
Brent Musburger
XXV January 27, 1991 CBS Jack Buck Hank Stram Greg Gumbel
XXVI January 26, 1992 CBS Jack Buck Hank Stram Greg Gumbel
XXVII January 31, 1993 CBS Jack Buck Hank Stram Greg Gumbel
XXVIII January 30, 1994 CBS Jack Buck Hank Stram Greg Gumbel
XXIX January 29, 1995 CBS Jack Buck Hank Stram Jim Hunter
XXX January 28, 1996 CBS/Westwood One Jack Buck Hank Stram Jim Hunter
XXXI January 26, 1997 CBS/Westwood One Howard David Matt Millen Jim Hunter
XXXII January 25, 1998 CBS/Westwood One Howard David Matt Millen Jim Hunter
XXXIII January 31, 1999 CBS/Westwood One Howard David Matt Millen John Dockery Tommy Tighe
XXXIV January 30, 2000 CBS/Westwood One Howard David Matt Millen John Dockery Tommy Tighe
XXXV January 28, 2001 CBS/Westwood One Howard David Matt Millen and Boomer Esiason John Dockery and James Lofton Tommy Tighe
XXXVI February 3, 2002 CBS/Westwood One Howard David Boomer Esiason and Lesley Visser John Dockery and James Lofton Jim Gray and Tommy Tighe
XXXVII January 26, 2003 CBS/Westwood One Marv Albert Boomer Esiason John Dockery and Warren Moon Jim Gray
XXXVIII February 1, 2004 CBS/Westwood One Marv Albert Boomer Esiason John Dockery, John Riggins, and Bonnie Bernstein Jim Gray and Beasley Reece
XXXIX February 6, 2005 CBS/Westwood One Marv Albert Boomer Esiason John Dockery and Bonnie Bernstein Jim Gray and Dave Sims
XL February 5, 2006 CBS/Westwood One Marv Albert Boomer Esiason John Dockery and Bonnie Bernstein Jim Gray, Beasley Reece, and Josh Elliott
XLI February 4, 2007 CBS/Westwood One Marv Albert Boomer Esiason John Dockery and Bonnie Bernstein Jim Gray
XLII February 3, 2008 CBS/Westwood One Marv Albert Boomer Esiason John Dockery and Kevin Kiley Jim Gray and Tommy Tighe
XLIII February 1, 2009 CBS/Westwood One Marv Albert Boomer Esiason John Dockery and Mark Malone Jim Gray and Tommy Tighe
XLIV February 7, 2010 CBS/Westwood One Marv Albert Boomer Esiason James Lofton and Mark Malone Jim Gray and Scott Graham
XLV February 6, 2011 CBS/Westwood One Kevin Harlan Boomer Esiason James Lofton and Mark Malone Jim Gray and Scott Graham
XLVI February 5, 2012 Dial Global Kevin Harlan Boomer Esiason James Lofton and Mark Malone Jim Gray and Scott Graham
XLVII February 3, 2013 Dial Global Kevin Harlan Boomer Esiason James Lofton and Mark Malone Jim Gray and Scott Graham
XLVIII February 2, 2014 Westwood One Kevin Harlan Boomer Esiason James Lofton and Mark Malone Jim Gray and Scott Graham
XLIX February 1, 2015 Westwood One Kevin Harlan Boomer Esiason James Lofton and Mark Malone Jim Gray and Scott Graham
50 February 7, 2016 Westwood One Kevin Harlan Boomer Esiason and Dan Fouts James Lofton and Mark Malone Jim Gray and Scott Graham
LI February 5, 2017 Westwood One Kevin Harlan Boomer Esiason James Lofton and Tony Boselli Jim Gray and Scott Graham
LII February 4, 2018 Westwood One Kevin Harlan Boomer Esiason and Mike Holmgren Ed Werder and Tony Boselli Jim Gray and Scott Graham
LIII February 3, 2019 Westwood One Kevin Harlan Kurt Warner and Mike Holmgren Ed Werder and Tony Boselli Jim Gray and Scott Graham

References

  1. ^ NBC trades 2021 Super Bowl to CBS for 2022 edition, letting them pair Super Bowl LVI with the Winter Olympics - Andrew Bucholtz, Awful Announcing, 13 March 2019
  2. ^ Super Bowl XXIX (1995) home page at Hollywood.com
  3. ^ Super Bowl XXIII (1989) home page at Hollywood.com
  4. ^ "Super Bowl XXIV (1990) home page at Hollywood.com". Archived from the original on July 7, 2008. Retrieved 2009-10-06.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  5. ^ Super Bowl XXV (1991) home page at Hollywood.com
  6. ^ Super Bowl XXVI (1992) home page at Hollywood.com
  7. ^ Super Bowl XXVII (1993) home page at Hollywood.com
  8. ^ Super Bowl XXX (1996) home page at Hollywood.com
  9. ^ The Fox Sports Special: XXXI Superbowl (sic) Green Bay vs. New England (1997)
  10. ^ Super Bowl XXXII (1998) home page at Hollywood.com
  11. ^ Super Bowl XXXIII (1999) home page at Hollywood.com
  12. ^ "Super Bowl XXXIV (2000) home page at Hollywood.com". Archived from the original on April 17, 2008. Retrieved 2009-10-06.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  13. ^ "Super Bowl XXXV (2001) home page at Hollywood.com". Archived from the original on April 3, 2008. Retrieved 2009-10-06.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  14. ^ Super Bowl XXXVI (2002) home page at Hollywood.com
  15. ^ "Super Bowl XXXVII (2003) home page at Hollywood.com". Archived from the original on July 19, 2008. Retrieved 2009-10-06.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  16. ^ "NBC presents Super Bowl I". NBC Sports History Page.

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