NFL Live

NFL Live is a National Football League studio show, currently airing Monday through Friday at 1:30 p.m ET ESPN. Formerly known as NFL 2Night, the program is one of the only NFL-related studio programs to air during the week along with NFL Insiders. As such, NFL Live is not a highlight show, as Sunday and Monday game highlights are handled by the various other NFL studio shows, including NFL Primetime during the season. Unlike shows for other sports, NFL Live even runs throughout the entire offseason.

Since 2005, NFL Live has been presented in high definition on ESPNHD.

Beginning in 2011, NFL Live expanded to a full hour.

NFL Live
Two men sitting on director's chairs on a stage, listening to a question from an audience member
Jeff Saturday and Herm Edwards on stage during the shooting of NFL Live at Disney Springs during the 2017 Pro Bowl week
Also known asNFL 2Night (1998–2002)
GenreNFL
Directed byLarry Kirin
Lorenzo Lamadrid
StarringWendi Nix
Tedy Bruschi
Tim Hasselbeck
Darren Woodson
Jeff Saturday
Damien Woody
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Production
Executive producer(s)Norby Williamson
Producer(s)Rich Schroeder
Todd M. Snyder
Production location(s)ESPN Headquarters
Bristol, Connecticut, U.S.
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30–60 minutes
Production company(s)ESPN
DistributorThe Walt Disney Company
Release
Original networkESPN2 (1998–2002)
ESPN (2002–present)
Picture format480i (4:3 SDTV) (1998–2005)
720p (16:9 HDTV) (2005–present)
Audio formatStereo
Original release1998 –
Present
Chronology
Related showsNFL Insiders

Personalities

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Former

Segments

  • NFL Live Wired: A segment at the beginning of the show detailing the top stories and breaking news from around the National Football League. This segment was discontinued in the summer of 2007. It eventually was re-added as an unnamed segment where the news stories of the day are listed in chronological order of their release or when an item hit the transaction wire (e.g. "10:33 a.m.: the Cincinnati Bengals placed (player name) on injured reserve").
  • Opening Drive: A segment following NFL Live Wired in which a certain team, player, or topic is discussed.
  • What Were They Thinking?: A look at dubious plays and decisions from the previous week's NFL games.
  • Drive of the Week: A look at the plays that comprised the best drive by a team from the previous week's NFL games.
  • Fantasy Five: Every week during the NFL season, Wingo, Salisbury, and Schlereth pick one player from each position (QB, RB, WR, TE, K) that they think will perform the best. One point is given for each player if he reaches a certain statistic during a game
  • Off the Mark: A weekly segment where Schlereth rants about a moment at some point in time during the previous week that has grabbed his attention.
  • Hurry-Up Offense: A segment at the end of each show, in which analysts are given a certain amount of time to discuss various topics.
  • Cover 2: Analysis of various topics from two points of view: an NFL insider (which could include a sportswriter, former general manager or former director of player personnel) and a (current or former) NFL player.
  • Overreaction Monday: Based on the past weekend's performance, extreme topics are presented to the analysts for debate.
  • Film Room: Analysts break down plays in the film room

See also

College Football Final

College Football Final is a one-hour program totally devoted to college football and airs every Saturday night during the college football season. It was previously named College Gameday Final until 2006. It is seen at 12am ET on ESPN and lasts until 1am ET (or later if a game runs over) and the program re-airs early the next morning on ESPNU and ESPN2. It is similar to ESPN's Baseball Tonight, NBA Fastbreak, NFL Live, and College GameNight, except that it only appears once a week. The program breaks down the days' games with highlights of all the biggest games, analysis of the big stories and a look ahead to next weeks' matchups.

Starting with the 2017 season with Adnan Virk hosts the show with analysis from Joey Galloway and Jesse Palmer. In 2015 it was hosted by Joe Tessitore and from 1999 to 2014, ESPN sportscasting veteran Rece Davis hosted the show. Joining Davis with analysis were College Football Hall of Fame Pittsburgh offensive lineman Mark May (since 2001) and head coach Lou Holtz. Trev Alberts, who was a former analyst on the show, resigned after the 2004 season saying, he was tired of being second to the College GameDay gang all the time; Holtz later replaced him.

Ed Werder

Ed Werder (born May 3, 1960 in Longmont, Colorado) is an American sports reporter. He was the Dallas-based bureau reporter for ESPN, primarily reporting on stories about the NFL before being laid off on April 26, 2017. From 1998 to 2017, Werder was a staple of the network's NFL coverage, as he contributed to shows such as SportsCenter, NFL Live, Sunday NFL Countdown (from a game site) and Monday Night Countdown (from the Monday Night Football site). Werder primarily reported on NFL news concerning the Dallas Cowboys. He joined Westwood One radio as a sideline reporter for select NFL games during the 2017 season.

Jay Harris (sportscaster)

Jay Harris (born February 22, 1965 in Norfolk, Virginia) is an American journalist who has worked for ESPN since February 2003. Jay currently calls late night his home, seen primarily on the 11pm and midnight eastern editions of SportsCenter, and sometimes on the west coast Sportscenter from Los Angeles. Jay has hosted a variety of shows during his tenure at ESPN, including Sportscenter, Outside The Lines, NFL Live, Baseball Tonight, Cold Pizza, First Take, Friday Night Fights, and ESPN Sports Saturday on ABC.

Jim Rome Is Burning

Jim Rome Is Burning (originally titled Rome Is Burning and often abbreviated as JRIB) was a sports conversation and opinion show hosted by Jim Rome. Debuting on May 6, 2003 as Rome Is Burning, it was originally a weekly show in primetime at 7:00 PM ET on Tuesday nights on ESPN. After a short hiatus in 2004, it returned with a new name, Jim Rome Is Burning, and a late-night Thursday timeslot. In February 2005, JRIB became a daily program airing each afternoon at 4:30 PM in between NFL Live and Around the Horn. After ESPN expanded NFL Live to sixty minutes, JRIB moved to ESPN2 as part of its new afternoon lineup on September 12, 2011. It was produced by Mandt Bros. Productions in association with ESPN Original Entertainment and taped in Los Angeles as opposed to ESPN's Bristol, Connecticut headquarters. This was due to his daily radio commitment.

The show ended on January 27, 2012 with the announcement that Rome had agreed to a contract with CBS, CBS Sports Network, and Showtime. Outside of some 4:3 non-essential game footage camera angles used in play analysis during NFL Matchup, Rome is Burning was the final program in the ESPN family of networks outside ESPN Classic to be produced in standard definition and never upgraded to high definition.

Kevin Negandhi

Kevin Negandhi is an American sports anchor for ESPN's SportsCenter as well as ESPN College Football on ABC.In addition to hosting SportsCenter, he also hosts Baseball Tonight, College Football Live and Outside the Lines on ESPN and is a fill-in anchor on NFL Live and Cold Pizza. He is the first anchor of Indian-American descent to be on a national sports network in American television history. Negandhi joined ESPN in September 2006 and made his debut on ESPNews in October 2006.

List of ESPN personalities

Present television personalities on the ESPN network.

Michael Smith (sports reporter)

Michael Anthony Smith II (born August 1, 1979) is an ESPN host and commentator.

Mike Golic

Michael Louis Golic Sr. (; born December 12, 1962) is a former co-host of ESPN Radio's Mike & Mike, a current co-host of Golic and Wingo, and a former National Football League (NFL) defensive lineman.

He is also an analyst for ESPN and ESPN2's NFL studio programming, as well as for the networks' college football coverage. Golic joined ESPN in 1995 as a reporter/analyst for Sunday NFL Countdown. Since then he has worked as the color commentator for the Arena Football League (1996–98, 2007–present) and the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars pre-season games (1995–98). In 1998, Golic began serving as college football analyst for ESPN and ABC, and was an original analyst for NFL 2Night (now known as NFL Live), the five-night-per-week news and information program on ESPN2.

Golic is also the host of the long-running syndicated sports highlights, bloopers, and gag show called The Lighter Side of Sports.

NFL Insiders

NFL Insiders is a National Football League studio show, currently airing Monday through Friday at 3:00 p.m. ET on ESPN. The football-themed show replaced NFL 32 on August 5, 2013. the program is one of the only NFL-related studio programs to air during the week along with NFL Live. On September 13, 2015, a new Sunday edition of NFL Insiders began airing on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. ET, replacing the first hour of Sunday NFL Countdown (which itself was shortened from 3 hours to 2 hours before it became a 3-hour show once again in 2017).

NFL Matchup

NFL Matchup is a National Football League (NFL) preview show that airs every week during the regular season and playoffs. In 2006, the official name was State Farm NFL Matchup; it has also been known as the "Edge NFL Matchup" or other variations based on the current sponsor. As of 2017 it is known simply as the "ESPN NFL Matchup", and it is produced by NFL Films.

During 2008-2009 NFL season, it aired every Sunday during the season on ESPN at 3:00am ET, then re-aired at 7:30am ET. As of 2017, it is aired on ESPN2 at 8:30AM ET on Saturday, then re-aired on Sundays at 4:00AM ET and 6:30AM ET on ESPN. For the 2018 season, it is shown on ESPN2 on Saturdays at 1:00AM, and still re-aired on ESPN at 4:00AM and 6:30AM on Sundays. Additional special airtimes take place during the playoffs and for other specially scheduled NFL games.

NFL Total Access

NFL Total Access is a television news program on the NFL Network.

The network treats it as the league's "show of record" and bills it as the only year-round show dedicated to the National Football League, despite the ESPN show NFL Live running year round as well.

It is also broadcast on Sky Sports at various times in the UK.

During the 2007 season, another edition of the program previewing the week's action aired Saturday evenings on MyNetworkTV.NFL Total Access was originally at the 7pm ET slot before being moved down to the 8pm ET time slot on September 2, 2013. On July 14, 2014, "NFL Total Access" moved back to the 7pm ET slot.

NFL on NBC Radio

From 1985–1986, the NBC Radio Network was the official, national radio provider for National Football League games. The program succeeded (and was itself, ultimately succeeded by) the CBS Radio Network's package.

Rick Spielman

Richard Spielman (born December 2, 1962) is an American football executive who is the general manager of the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). He was promoted to general manager in 2012 after spending 2006–2011 as the team's vice president of player personnel. He formerly worked for ESPN on NFL Live.

Spielman is a graduate of Massillon Washington High School located in Massillon, Ohio and is the older brother of Chris Spielman, the former Detroit Lions linebacker.

Sal Paolantonio

Salvatore Anthony Nicholas Paolantonio (born June 13, 1956 in Long Island, New York) is a Philadelphia-based bureau reporter for ESPN. . Since joining ESPN in 1995, Paolantonio has become a staple in their NFL coverage, as he contributes to shows such as SportsCenter, NFL Live, Sunday NFL Countdown (from a game site) and Monday Night Countdown (from the Monday Night Football site). In 2004, he added studio work to his duties, replacing Suzy Kolber as the host of NFL Matchup, an X's and O's football show; joining him are Louis Riddick and Greg Cosell. His best known work for ESPN was his coverage of the Terrell Owens saga with the Philadelphia Eagles during the 2004 and 2005 seasons. Sal has also been an adjunct professor at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia since 2001.

In 2007, he and fellow sports journalist Reuben Frank put out The Paolantonio Report: The Most Overrated and Underrated Players, Teams, Coaches, and Moments in NFL History. It has been the best-selling NFL book in the country (October 11, 2007) according to Amazon.com. He went on to make the provocative claim in his 2008 folk history, How Football Explains America, that the competition informed the public morality on integration and consciously developed in the mid-20th century into an almost mythic spectacle. With its origins in the closing of the Turnerian frontier, the NFL league, rather than baseball, apparently broke down the color barrier in sports.

Scott Reiss

Scott Reiss is an American broadcast journalist who works as a sports anchor/reporter at KTVU, the Fox affiliate in the Bay Area. He is also the voice of Stanford University athletics, handling play-by-play duties for Stanford Cardinal football and basketball.

Reiss formerly worked for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and Comcast SportsNet California, where he hosted SportsNet Central, as well as pre- and post-game shows for the San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics, Golden State Warriors, and San Jose Sharks.

Prior to that, Reiss was an anchor at ESPN, where he hosted shows including College GameNight, SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, and ESPNEWS. In addition, he was a fill-in host for both College Football Live and NFL Live. He also hosted ESPN Radio College Gameday with analysts Todd McShay and Trevor Matich.

Before joining ESPN, Reiss worked as a sports/news anchor and reporter at WUTR-TV in Utica, New York from 1995 to 1997, and sports director at KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California from 1997 to 2000.

Reiss was born in Chicago and raised in Los Angeles. He is a graduate of Stanford University with a bachelor's degree in communications in 1993 and a master's degree in sociology in 1994.

Sergio Dipp

Sergio Dipp (born July 23, 1988) is a Mexican sportscaster for ESPN Deportes and ESPN International. He co-hosts a Latin American edition of SportsCenter and NFL Live. He also covers the Mexico national football team for ESPN Deportes.Dipp has covered a variety of major sporting events. He was a sideline reporter on ESPN for Monday Night Football in 2017, covered four Super Bowls (XLVIII, XLIX, 50, LI) and was a commentator for the 2012 London Olympics.

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.

Trey Wingo

Hal Chapman Wingo III (; born September 19, 1963), known as Trey Wingo, is the co-host of ESPN Golic and Wingo, SportsCenter, and NFL Live. He has previously served as host of the Women's NCAA basketball tournament.

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