List of Pro Football Hall of Fame Game broadcasters

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The following is a list of the television networks and announcers that have broadcast the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game throughout the years.

Television[edit]

Fawcett Stadium is within 75 miles of numerous television markets in northeast Ohio and western Pennsylvania (and is part of the Cleveland market); as such, the NBC affiliates were required to black out the game in the rare event the game did not sell out. Because Fawcett Stadium only holds 22,375 fans (less than half the NFL's minimum requirements for its stadiums) and the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies bring large numbers of outside fans to Canton, the game has, to date, always sold out (several NFL teams, as well as the Super Bowl, have similarly enjoyed long sellout streaks).

2010s[edit]

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Sideline reporter(s)
2014 NBC Al Michaels Cris Collinsworth Michele Tafoya
2013 NBC Al Michaels Cris Collinsworth Michele Tafoya
2012 NFL Network Brad Nessler Mike Mayock Stacey Dales
2011 Game was canceled due to 2011 NFL lockout.
2010 NBC Al Michaels Cris Collinsworth Andrea Kremer

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2000s[edit]

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Sideline reporter(s)
2009 NBC Al Michaels Cris Collinsworth Andrea Kremer
2008 NBC Al Michaels John Madden Adam Schefter
2007 NFL Network Bryant Gumbel Cris Collinsworth
2006 NBC Al Michaels John Madden Andrea Kremer
2005 ABC Al Michaels John Madden Michele Tafoya
2004 ABC Al Michaels John Madden Michele Tafoya
2003 ABC Al Michaels John Madden Lisa Guerrero
2002 ABC Al Michaels John Madden Melissa Stark
2001 ABC Al Michaels Dan Fouts and Dennis Miller Melissa Stark and Eric Dickerson
2000 ABC Al Michaels Dan Fouts and Dennis Miller Melissa Stark and Eric Dickerson

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  • In 2007 and 2008 the game was broadcast live in both Ireland and the United Kingdom by Sky Sports. ESPN America (formerly North American Sports Network) broadcasts the game in the rest of Europe. It was not shown in 2009 because of a dispute between Sky Sports and the NFL over TV rights.

1990s[edit]

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Sideline reporter(s)
1999 ABC Al Michaels Boomer Esiason Lesley Visser
1998 ABC Al Michaels Dan Dierdorf and Boomer Esiason Lesley Visser
1997 ABC Al Michaels Frank Gifford and Dan Dierdorf Lynn Swann
1996 ABC Al Michaels Frank Gifford and Dan Dierdorf Lynn Swann
1995 ABC Al Michaels Frank Gifford and Dan Dierdorf Lynn Swann
1994 ABC Al Michaels Frank Gifford and Dan Dierdorf Lynn Swann
1993 ABC Al Michaels Frank Gifford and Dan Dierdorf
1992 ABC Al Michaels Frank Gifford and Dan Dierdorf
1991 ABC Al Michaels Frank Gifford and Dan Dierdorf
1990 ABC Al Michaels Frank Gifford and Dan Dierdorf

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1980s[edit]

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s)
1989 ABC Al Michaels Frank Gifford and Dan Dierdorf
1988 ABC Al Michaels Frank Gifford and Dan Dierdorf
1987 ABC Al Michaels Frank Gifford and Dan Dierdorf
1986 ABC Al Michaels Frank Gifford
1985 ABC Frank Gifford O. J. Simpson and Joe Namath
1984 ABC Bill Flemming O. J. Simpson
1983 ABC Frank Gifford Howard Cosell
1982 ABC Frank Gifford Howard Cosell
1981 ABC Frank Gifford Howard Cosell and Fran Tarkenton
1980 ABC Frank Gifford Howard Cosell and Fran Tarkenton

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1970s[edit]

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s)
1979 ABC Frank Gifford Howard Cosell and Fran Tarkenton
1978 ABC Frank Gifford Howard Cosell
1977 ABC Frank Gifford Howard Cosell
1976 ABC Frank Gifford Howard Cosell and Alex Karras
1975 ABC Frank Gifford Howard Cosell and Alex Karras
1974 ABC Frank Gifford Howard Cosell and Fred Williamson
1973 ABC Frank Gifford Howard Cosell
1972 ABC Frank Gifford Howard Cosell
1971 ABC Frank Gifford Howard Cosell
1970 No Telecast

Notes[edit]

  • Beginning in 1971, the Hall of Fame Game was televised as part of ABC's Wide World of Sports package on Saturday afternoons. This practice would continue until 1998.

1960s[edit]

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s)
1969 No Telecast
1968 CBS Frank Glieber George Connor
1967 No Telecast
1966 No game was played.
1965 CBS Van Patrick Pat Summerall and Sonny Grandelius
1964 No Telecast
1963 No Telecast
1962 No Telecast

Radio[edit]

Dial Global owns national radio rights; it is the only exhibition game to air on a nationwide network. Each team's radio network is also allowed to broadcast the games (albeit usually with fewer affiliates since exhibition games are traditionally much lower priority to non-sports and non-flagship stations).

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