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NFL on NBC
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NFL on NBC logo used since 2006.
Genre NFL game telecasts
Presented by Pregame Show panelists
NFL on NBC game commentators
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 58
Production
Location(s) Various NFL stadiums (game telecasts)
NBC Studios, New York City, New York (studio segments, pre-game and post-game shows)
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 180 minutes or until game ends
Production company(s) NBC Sports
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
(1939–1998 and 2006–present),
1080i (HDTV)
(2006–present)
Original run
  • First run: 1939 (1939) – January 25, 1998 (1998-01-25)
  • Second run: August 6, 2006 (2006-08-06)
 – present
External links
Website

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. The name was used until 1998, when the network lost the television rights to the American Football Conference (AFC) to CBS. NFL coverage returned to NBC on August 6, 2006 under the title NBC Sunday Night Football,[1] beginning with its coverage of the preseason Pro Football Hall of Fame Game. Since NBC acquired the Sunday Night Football package from ESPN, game coverage is usually preceded by the pre-game show Football Night in America.

History[edit]

Beginnings through the 1950s[edit]

NBC's coverage of the National Football League (which has aired under numerous program titles and formats) actually goes back to the beginnings of the network's relationship with the league in 1939, when its New York City flagship station, then known as W2XBS (now WNBC) aired the first televised professional football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the now-defunct Brooklyn Dodgers football team.

By 1955, NBC became the television home to the NFL Championship Game, the precursor to the Super Bowl, paying US$100,000 to the league for the rights. The network had taken over the broadcast rights from the DuMont Television Network, which had struggled to give the league a national audience (NBC's coverage of proto-Canadian Football League games was more widely available at the time) and was on the brink of failure; the NFL's associations with NBC (as well as with CBS) proved to be a boost to the league's popularity. The 1958 NFL Championship Game, played at Yankee Stadium, between the Baltimore Colts and the New York Giants went into sudden death overtime. This game, since known as the "Greatest Game Ever Played," was seen by many throughout the country and is credited with increasing the popularity of professional football in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

NBC televised the NFL Championship Game until 1963. The contract for the title game was separate than the regular season contract held by CBS, which started televising NFL games in 1956. Prior to 1962, each team had its own individual television contract.

NBC also held the rights to televise home games involving the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Colts in 1959, 1960 and 1961. While the games were blacked out in Pittsburgh and Baltimore, they were broadcast on other NBC stations. In some cases, the game broadcast was seen on CBS in the visiting team's home region. NBC covered eleven games in 1960 and 13 games in 1961 in a "Game of the Week" format. NBC would take one week off due to its coverage of the World Series. During this era, NBC broadcast pre-recorded and edited hour-long broadcasts of NFL games in the off-season under the title Best of Pro Football.

During this period, NBC also held the rights to the Pro Bowl (which was also under a separate contract from the NFL's regular season games and the NFL Championship Game) via the Los Angeles newspapers' charities. NBC televised the Pro Bowl following the 1951 and 1952 seasons and again from the 1957 to 1964 seasons.

1960s[edit]

On April 5, 1961, NBC was awarded a two-year contract (1961–62) for the radio and television rights to the NFL Championship Game, paying US$615,000 annually for the rights ($300,000 of which was to go directly into the NFL Player Benefit Plan). On May 23, 1963, NBC was awarded exclusive network broadcast rights for the 1963 NFL Championship Game for $926,000.

NBC resumed football telecasts on a regular basis in 1965. On January 29, 1964, NBC signed a deal with the American Football League, paying them US$36 million to televise its games; with this and the increased, heated battle over college prospects, both leagues negotiated a merger agreement on June 8, 1966. Although they would not officially adopt an interlocking schedule until 1970, two of the conditions of the agreement were that the winners of each league's championship game would meet in a contest (which would eventually become known as the Super Bowl) to determine the "world champion of football," and that there would be a common player draft.

On December 13, 1966, the rights to the Super Bowl for four years were sold to CBS and NBC for $9.5 million. The first ever AFL-NFL World Championship Game was played on January 15, 1967. Because CBS held the rights to nationally televise NFL games and NBC had the rights to broadcast AFL games, it was decided by the newly merged league to have both of them cover that first game (the only other NFL game since to have been carried nationally on more than one network until December 29, 2007 New England Patriots-New York Giants game, which aired on NBC, CBS and the NFL Network). However, NBC was also forced to broadcast the game over CBS' feed and cameras (CBS received prerogative to use its feed and camera angles since the Coliseum was home to the NFL's Rams), while only CBS' cameras and technical crew were allowed to work the game, although NBC was allowed to use its own commentators. As a result, NBC's crew had little to no control over how the game was shot.Each network used its own announcers: Ray Scott (doing play-by-play for the first half), Jack Whitaker (doing play-by-play for the second half) and Frank Gifford provided commentary on CBS; while Curt Gowdy and Paul Christman were on NBC. NBC did have some problems with the dual telecast; the network did not return in time from a halftime commercial break for the start of the second half. Therefore, the first kickoff was stopped by the game's officials and was redone once NBC returned to the broadcast.

The next three AFL-NFL World Championship Games, later renamed the Super Bowl, were then divided by the two networks: CBS broadcast Super Bowls II and IV while NBC covered III. When NBC Sports broadcast Super Bowl III, sports broadcasts were produced under the oversight of the NBC News division (this remained the case until well into the 1970s, long after both CBS and ABC had spun-off their sports operations into departments separate from their news divisions). Curt Gowdy handled the play-by-play duties and was joined by color commentators Al DeRogatis and Kyle Rote in the broadcast booth. Also helping with NBC's coverage were Jim Simpson (reporting from the sidelines) and Pat Summerall (helping conduct player interviews for the pregame show, along with Rote). In an interview later done with NFL Films, Gowdy called it the most memorable game he ever called because of its historical significance.[2] While the Orange Bowl was sold out for the game, the live telecast was not shown in Miami due to both leagues' unconditional blackout rules at the time. This game is thought to be the earliest surviving Super Bowl game preserved on videotape in its entirety save for a portion of the Baltimore Colts' fourth quarter scoring drive.

The Heidi Game[edit]

Main article: Heidi Game

One of the most remembered games on NBC was a 1968 game known as the Heidi Game. As its nationally-televised game between the Oakland Raiders and New York Jets running late, the network discontinued coverage while the game was still playing to air the movie Heidi just moments after the Jets' Jim Turner kicked what appeared to be the game-winning field goal with 1:05 remaining. While millions of irate fans, missing the finale, jammed NBC's phone lines, the Raiders scored two touchdowns in eight seconds during the final minute to win 43–32.

The reaction to The Heidi Game resulted in the AFL, and most other sports leagues, demanding thereafter that television networks broadcast all games to their conclusion. NFL contracts with the networks now require games to be shown in a team's market area to conclusion, regardless of the score.

To avoid a repeat incident, a 1975 NBC broadcast of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory was delayed until the completion of a Washington RedskinsRaiders game. The network installed a new phone in the control room wired to a separate exchange, becoming known as the Heidi Phone, to prevent this situation from occurring in the future.

1970s[edit]

In 1970, after the NFL and AFL completed their merger, NBC signed a contract with the league to broadcast games from the American Football Conference (AFC). Curt Gowdy, who had covered the first five seasons of the American Football League with broadcast partner Paul Christman on ABC, moved over to NBC in the fall of 1965. For the next decade, Gowdy was the lead play-by-play announcer for the network for both AFL football (AFC from 1970 onward) and Major League Baseball games; however, Gowdy also covered a wide range of sports, earning him the nickname of the "broadcaster of everything." Besides Paul Christman, Curt Gowdy's other football broadcast partners were Kyle Rote, Al DeRogatis, Don Meredith, John Brodie and Merlin Olsen.

On January 17, 1971, NBC's telecast of Super Bowl V between the Baltimore Colts and Dallas Cowboys was viewed in an estimated 23,980,000 homes, the largest household audience ever for a one-day sports event. The game was called by play-by-play announcer Gowdy and color commentator Rote. Although the Orange Bowl was sold out for the event, unconditional blackout rules in the NFL prohibited the live telecast from being shown in the Miami area on WSVN. The blackout was challenged in Miami-Dade District Court by attorney Ellis Rubin, and although the judge denied Rubin's request since he felt he did not have the power to overrule the NFL, he agreed with Rubin's argument that the blackout rule was unnecessary for the Super Bowl.[3]

On January 14, 1973, NBC's telecast of Super Bowl VII between the Miami Dolphins and Washington Redskins was watched by approximately 75 million viewers. NBC's telecast of Super Bowl IX between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings had an audience of approximately 78 million viewers. The game, called by Curt Gowdy and Al DeRogatis, was the first Super Bowl to be televised live in the city where it was being played. Despite the league's unconditional blackout rules that normally would have prohibited the live telecast from being shown locally, the NFL allowed the game to be telecast in the Los Angeles area on KNBC on an experimental basis when all tickets for the game were sold. The league then changed its blackout rules the following season to allow games sold out at least 72 hours in advance to be televised in the host market. No subsequent Super Bowl has ever been blacked out in the city is has been played in, since all of them have been sold out.

On December 16, 1973, NBC cameras were there to cover O. J. Simpson as he rushed for 2,000 yards in one season. On that particular day, Simpson's Buffalo Bills would go on to beat the New York Jets at Shea Stadium.

In 1975, because of NBC's coverage of Game 2 of the World Series between the Cincinnati Reds and Boston Red Sox, NBC's 1:00 p.m. NFL telecasts were cancelled.[4][5] All games except for the New England Patriots-Cincinnati Bengals match were picked up by local stations in the markets of the visiting team. Meanwhile, at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time, NBC aired a game between the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs nationally. As the 1975 World Series progressed, NBC would advertise its upcoming weekend schedule during the breaks:

As it turned out, no baseball was played that Sunday. Three days of rain in Boston forced Game 6 to be postponed until the following Tuesday, October 21, followed by Game 7 the next night.

On January 9, 1977, 81.9 million people (the largest audience ever for a sports event at that point) watched NBC's telecast of Super Bowl XI between the Oakland Raiders and Minnesota Vikings. Only three other television events prior to that time, all of which aired on all three commercial networks of the era (the funeral of President John F. Kennedy, the 1969 moonwalk of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin; and the 1974 resignation speech of President Richard M. Nixon), attracted more viewers than Super Bowl IX. The game was also the last broadcast that color commentator Don Meredith, who called the game with Gowdy, did for NBC, as he returned to ABC to rejoin the Monday Night Football crew for the 1977 season, where he had been a commentator from 1970–73. Bryant Gumbel and Lee Leonard with analyst John Brodie anchored NBC's pregame, halftime and postgame coverage.

On October 12, 1977, Commissioner Pete Rozelle negotiated contracts with the three television networks to televise all NFL regular season and postseason games, as well as select preseason games, for four years beginning with the 1978 season. ABC was awarded yearly rights to 16 Monday night games, four prime time games, the AFC-NFC Pro Bowl, and the Hall of Fame Games. CBS received the rights to all National Football Conference (NFC) regular season and postseason games (except those in the ABC package) and to Super Bowls XIV and XVI. NBC received the rights to all AFC regular-season and postseason games (except those in the ABC package) and to Super Bowls XIII and XV. Industry sources considered it the largest single television package ever negotiated.

After the 1975 World Series, Curt Gowdy was removed from NBC's baseball telecasts, when sponsor Chrysler insisted on having Joe Garagiola (who served as a spokesman in many of the automotive manufacturer's commercials) be the lead play-by-play voice. Gowdy continued as NBC's lead NFL announcer through the 1978 season, with his final broadcast being the memorable Super Bowl XIII between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys. With NBC now anxious to promote Dick Enberg (who hosted NBC's pre-game and post-game coverage of Super Bowl XIII) to the lead NFL position, Gowdy moved over to CBS to call more football, as well as baseball on radio.

NBC's January 21, 1979 telecast of Super Bowl XIII between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys was viewed in 35,090,000 households, by an estimated 96.6 million fans. The game – called by Curt Gowdy on play-by-play, with Merlin Olsen and John Brodie on color commentary and Dick Enberg served as the pregame host for the broadcast with Bryant Gumbel and Mike Adamle as sideline reporters – was Gowdy's seventh and final Super Bowl telecast, and his last major event for NBC before moving to CBS later in 1979. Enberg had essentially succeeded Gowdy as NBC's lead NFL play-by-play announcer in the 1978 regular season, and network producers did not decide until nearly the last minute which of them would conduct play-by-play for that year's Super Bowl. NBC preceded the game with the first network broadcast of Black Sunday, a 1977 film that depicts a terrorist attack on a fictitious Super Bowl game in the Orange Bowl between Pittsburgh and Dallas (and which utilized footage shot during Super Bowl X). The pregame festivities featured the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and several military bands. The Colgate Thirteen performed the national anthem. The coin toss ceremony featured Pro Football Hall of Famer and longtime Chicago Bears owner/head coach George Halas. The national radio broadcast of Super Bowl XIII was carried by the CBS Radio Network, with Jack Buck and Hank Stram calling the action. Locally on radio, Verne Lundquist and Brad Sham called the game for the Cowboys on KRLD in Dallas, while Jack Fleming and Myron Cope called it for the Steelers on WTAE in Pittsburgh. A technical glitch led to Fleming and Cope's commentary going out over NBC's television broadcast in place of the network's own audio during the coin toss ceremony.

Schedules[edit]

1970[edit]
Date Time Teams Announcers
September 20, 1970 1:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Denver at Buffalo
Houston at Pittsburgh
Miami at Boston
Oakland at Cincinnati
4:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Baltimore at San Diego
Kansas City at Minnesota
September 27, 1970 1:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Cincinnati at Detroit
N.Y. Jets at Boston
2:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Miami at Houston
4:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Cleveland at San Francisco Curt Gowdy and Kyle Rote
Oakland at San Diego
Pittsburgh at Denver
October 4, 1970 1:00 p.m. Eastern Baltimore at Boston
Houston at Cincinnati
N.Y. Jets at Buffalo
4:00 p.m. Eastern Kansas City at Denver
San Diego at Los Angeles
October 11, 1970 4:00 p.m. Eastern Baltimore at Houston
Boston at Kansas City
Denver at Oakland
October 18, 1970 1:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Baltimore at N.Y. Jets
Miami at Buffalo
2:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Pittsburgh at Houston
San Diego at Chicago
4:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Kansas City at Cincinnati
October 25, 1970 1:00 p.m. Eastern Buffalo at N.Y. Jets
Cincinnati at Washington
Cleveland at Miami
2:00 p.m. Eastern Boston at Baltimore
4:00 p.m. Eastern Denver at San Francisco Jay Randolph and Gordy Soltau
Houston at San Diego
Pittsburgh at Oakland
November 1, 1970 1:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Buffalo at Boston
San Diego at Cleveland
2:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Houston at St. Louis
Miami at Baltimore
4:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Oakland at Kansas City
November 8, 1970 1:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Cincinnati at Buffalo
Miami at Philadelphia
N.Y. Jets at Pittsburgh
2:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Boston at St. Louis
Houston at Kansas City
4:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Cleveland at Oakland
Denver at San Diego
November 15, 1970 1:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Cleveland at Cincinnati
Kansas City at Pittsburgh
San Diego at Boston
2:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Buffalo at Baltimore
4:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) N.Y. Jets at Los Angeles
Oakland at Denver
November 22, 1970 1:00 p.m. Eastern Baltimore at Miami
Boston at N.Y. Jets
Houston at Cleveland
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati
2:00 p.m. Eastern Buffalo at Chicago
Denver at New Orleans
4:00 p.m. Eastern San Diego at Oakland
November 26, 1970 1:00 p.m. Eastern Oakland at Detroit
November 29, 1970 1:00 p.m. Eastern Boston at Buffalo
Cleveland at Pittsburgh
2:00 p.m. Eastern Denver at Houston
San Diego at Kansas City
December 6, 1970 1:00 p.m. Eastern Boston at Miami
Buffalo at N.Y. Giants
Oakland at N.Y. Jets
2:00 p.m. Eastern Denver at Kansas City
4:00 p.m. Eastern Cincinnati at San Diego
December 12, 1970 4:00 p.m. Eastern Kansas City at Oakland
December 13, 1970 1:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Baltimore at Buffalo
Pittsburgh at Atlanta
2:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Cincinnati at Houston
4:00 p.m. (doubleheader) N.Y. Jets at Miami
San Diego at Denver
December 19, 1970 3:00 p.m. Eastern N.Y. Jets at Baltimore
December 20, 1970 1:00 p.m. Eastern Boston at Cincinnati
Buffalo at Miami
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia
2:00 p.m. Eastern Houston at Dallas
4:00 p.m. Eastern Cleveland at Denver
Kansas City at San Diego
December 26, 1970 (AFC Divisional Playoff) 1:00 p.m. Eastern Cincinnati at Baltimore
December 27, 1970 (AFC Divisional Playoff) 4:00 p.m. Eastern Miami at Oakland
January 3, 1971 (AFC Championship Game) 2:00 p.m. Eastern Oakland at Baltimore
January 17, 1971 (Super Bowl V) 2:00 p.m. Eastern Baltimore vs. Dallas

1980s[edit]

NBC made history in the 1980s with an announcerless telecast (a one-shot experiment credited to Don Ohlmeyer, between the Jets and Dolphins in Miami on December 20, 1980 known as the "silent game"),[6] as well as a single-announcer telecast, coverage of the Canadian Football League[7][8] during the 1982 players' strike (the first week of broadcasts featured the NFL on NBC broadcast teams, before a series of blowout games on the network and the resulting low ratings resulted in NBC cutting back and eventually canceling its CFL coverage), and even the first female play-by-play football announcer, Gayle Sierens (which in its own way set the mold for female sportscasters of today).

Television ratings in 1980 were the second-best in NFL history, trailing only the combined ratings of the 1976 season. All three networks posted gains, and NBC's 15.0 rating was its best ever. NFL broadcasts on CBS and ABC had their best ratings since 1977, with 15.3 and 20.8 ratings, respectively. In 1981, ABC and CBS set all-time rating highs. ABC finished with a 21.7 rating and CBS with a 17.5 rating. NBC however, was down slightly to 13.9; this was, at the time, the nadir of the Fred Silverman era, when ratings for the network were down across the board.

In 1982, the NFL signed a five-year contract with the three television networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) to televise all NFL regular season and postseason games starting with the 1982 season. NBC's national Nielsen rating of 48.6 for Super Bowl XVII was the second-highest for a Super Bowl broadcast, trailing only the 49.1 garnered by Super Bowl XVI on CBS the year before. Following the game, NBC aired the premiere episode of The A-Team, beginning the tradition of the game's host network airing programming after the game.

On March 6, 1985, NBC Radio and the NFL entered into a two-year agreement granting NBC the radio rights to a 37-game package for the 1985 and 1986 seasons. The package included 27 regular season games and 10 postseason games. Also in 1985, the NFL showed a ratings increase on all three networks for the season, with viewership gains of 4% on NBC, 10% on CBS, and 16% on ABC. The 1984 season saw a new theme utilized throughout both the pregame show and game-opening sequence, which would be utilized for the remainder of the decade. Another music selection was used for the "Great Moments" segment, a segment of clips from older games on NBC that was unique in that instead of the NFL Films footage, NBC used their own footage and audio. This segment would be featured at the beginning of the pregame show for much of the latter part of the 1980s.

On January 26, 1986, the Chicago Bears defeated the New England Patriots 46–10 in Super Bowl XX at the Louisiana Superdome. The NBC telecast replaced the final episode of M*A*S*H as the most-viewed television program in history, with an audience of 127 million viewers, according to ACNielsen figures. In addition to drawing a 48.3 rating and a 70% share in the United States, Super Bowl XX was televised to 59 foreign countries and beamed via satellite to the QE II. An estimated 300 million Chinese viewers watched a tape delayed broadcast of the game in March. NBC Radio figures indicated an audience of 10 million for the game.

In January 1987, NBC Radio's broadcast of Super Bowl XXI between the New York Giants and Denver Broncos was heard by a record 10.1 million people. Also in 1987, at the NFL's annual meeting in Maui, Hawaii on March 15, the NFL announced the signing of new three-year television contracts with ABC, CBS, and NBC for the 1987 to 1989 seasons.

During September of the 1988 season, NBC brought in some legendary broadcasters to fill-in for their regular play-by-play men. This was because, much of their key personnel (namely, Dick Enberg, Marv Albert, Don Criqui, Charlie Jones, Tom Hammond as well as NFL Live! commentators Bob Costas, Ahmad Rashad, and Gayle Gardner) were away in Seoul, South Korea for NBC's coverage of the Summer Olympic Games. In the meantime, filling-in were names such as Curt Gowdy, Ray Scott, Chuck Thompson, Marty Glickman, Merle Harmon and Al DeRogatis. Bob Costas' predecessor, Len Berman, filled-in for him at the anchor's desk while Gayle Sierens (who a year earlier, made history by becoming the first female play-by-play announcer in NFL history) was also added to the studio team.

NBC's 1989 telecast of Super Bowl XXIII between the San Francisco 49ers and Cincinnati Bengals was watched by an estimated 110,780,000 viewers, according to ACNielsen, making it the sixth most-watched program in television history. The game was Merlin Olsen's final Super Bowl broadcast, as he was demoted[9] the following season to make room for Bill Walsh. The game featured a special segment by Frank Deford profiling recently deceased Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney. This was also the first NFL game that NBC covered with their new "Quantel Cypher" graphics system, which was introduced during their coverage of the 1988 Seoul Olympics (the network had used Chyron for their graphics prior to Super Bowl XXIII). With the win, the 49ers became the first team to win Super Bowls televised on three different networks (the other two being Super Bowl XVI on CBS and Super Bowl XIX on ABC). Since then, the Washington Redskins (in 1992), the Green Bay Packers (in 1997), the Pittsburgh Steelers (in 2006) and the New York Giants (in 2008) have accomplished this same feat. This was the last outdoor Super Bowl to start earlier than 6:00 pm Eastern Time, as it started just after 5:00 pm.

Starting in 1989, NBC commissioned musician (and then-Entertainment Tonight co-host) John Tesh, who had composed "Roundball Rock" for the new NBA on NBC broadcasts to compose a new theme, called "Gridiron Dreams" which was used on the network's NFL telecasts until 1991. The versions used on the pre-game show are different from the version supplied on Tesh's albums. For the 1992 season, John Colby composed a theme only used that year through the 1992 AFC Championship Game in which the Buffalo Bills beat the Miami Dolphins 29-10.

Schedules[edit]

1981[edit]
Date Time Teams Announcers
September 6, 1981 1:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Baltimore at New England Phil Stone and Gene Washington
Kansas City at Pittsburgh Bob Costas and Bob Trumpy
Miami at St. Louis Jay Randolph and Jim Turner
Seattle at Cincinnati Mike Adamle and Rocky Bleier
4:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Houston at Los Angeles Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen
N.Y. Jets at Buffalo Don Criqui and John Brodie
Oakland at Denver Charlie Jones and Len Dawson
September 13, 1981 1:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Houston at Cleveland Don Criqui and Bob Trumpy
2:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Buffalo at Baltimore Marv Albert and Gene Washington
4:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Cincinnati at N.Y. Jets Charlie Jones and Len Dawson
Denver at Seattle Bob Costas and Jim Turner
New England at Philadelphia Dick Enberg and John Brodie
September 20, 1981 1:00 p.m. Eastern Cleveland at Cincinnati Bob Costas and Bob Trumpy
Miami at Houston Charlie Jones and Len Dawson
N.Y. Jets at Pittsburgh Don Criqui and John Brodie
2:00 p.m. Eastern San Diego at Kansas City Mike Adamle and Rocky Bleier
4:00 p.m. Eastern Baltimore at Denver Marv Albert and Jim Turner
Seattle at Oakland Phil Stone and Gene Washington
September 27, 1981 1:00 p.m. Eastern Buffalo at Cincinnati Jay Randolph and Mike Haffner
Houston at N.Y. Jets Marv Albert and Jim Turner
New England at Pittsburgh Bob Costas and Bob Trumpy
Oakland at Detroit Dick Enberg and Len Dawson
2:00 p.m. Eastern Miami at Baltimore Sam Nover and Dave Rowe
4:00 p.m. Eastern Kansas City at Seattle Phil Stone and Gene Washington
San Diego at Denver Don Criqui and John Brodie
October 4, 1981 1:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Baltimore at Buffalo Phil Stone and Gene Washington
Kansas City at New England Don Criqui and John Brodie
2:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Cincinnati at Houston Marv Albert and Jim Turner
Pittsburgh at New Orleans Sam Nover and Harmon Wages
4:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Cleveland at Los Angeles Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen
Denver at Oakland Charlie Jones and Len Dawson
N.Y. Jets at Miami Bob Costas and Bob Trumpy
Seattle at San Diego Merle Harmon and George Kunz
October 11, 1981 1:00 p.m. Eastern Cleveland at Pittsburgh Don Criqui and John Brodie
New England at N.Y. Jets Charlie Jones and Len Dawson
2:00 p.m. Eastern Cincinnati at Baltimore Bob Costas and Bob Trumpy
Seattle at Houston Jay Randolph and Mike Haffner
4:00 p.m. Eastern Oakland at Kansas City Phil Stone and Gene Washington
October 18, 1981 1:00 p.m. Eastern Buffalo at N.Y. Jets Marv Albert and Len Dawson
Houston at New England Jay Randolph and Mike Haffner
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati Don Criqui and John Brodie
2:00 p.m. Eastern San Diego at Baltimore Phil Stone and Gene Washington
4:00 p.m. Eastern Denver at Kansas City Bob Costas and Bob Trumpy
October 25, 1981 1:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Baltimore at Cleveland Jay Randolph and Jim Turner
Denver at Buffalo Don Criqui and John Brodie
New England at Washington Bob Costas and Bob Trumpy
2:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Cincinnati at New Orleans Mike Adamle and Mike Haffner
4:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Kansas City at Oakland Merle Harmon and George Kunz
Miami at Dallas Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen
San Diego at Chicago Phil Stone and Gene Washington
Seattle at N.Y. Jets Charlie Jones and Len Dawson
November 1, 1981 1:00 p.m. Eastern Baltimore at Miami Jay Randolph and Jim Turner
Cleveland at Buffalo Don Criqui and John Brodie
Houston at Cincinnati Bob Costas and Bob Trumpy
N.Y. Jets at N.Y. Giants Marv Albert and Len Dawson
2:00 p.m. Eastern Seattle at Green Bay Sam Nover and Dave Rowe
4:00 p.m. Eastern Kansas City at San Diego Phil Stone and Gene Washington
New England at Oakland Merle Harmon and George Kunz
November 8, 1981 1:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Miami at New England Phil Stone and Mike Haffner
Oakland at Houston Charlie Jones and Len Dawson
4:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Cincinnati at San Diego Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen
Cleveland at Denver Don Criqui and John Brodie
N.Y. Jets at Baltimore Bob Costas and Bob Trumpy
Pittsburgh at Seattle Jay Randolph and Rocky Bleier
November 15, 1981 1:00 p.m. Eastern Baltimore at Philadelphia Jay Randolph and Mike Haffner
Buffalo at St. Louis Charlie Jones and Len Dawson
Denver at Tampa Bay Merle Harmon and George Kunz
N.Y. Jets at New England Marv Albert and Jim Turner
Oakland at Miami Mike Adamle and Dave Rowe
Pittsburgh at Atlanta Bob Costas and Bob Trumpy
2:00 p.m. Eastern Houston at Kansas City Phil Stone and Gene Washington
4:00 p.m. Eastern Cleveland at San Francisco Don Criqui and John Brodie
November 22, 1981 1:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Denver at Cincinnati Bob Costas and Gene Washington
New England at Buffalo Phil Stone and Mike Haffner
Pittsburgh at Cleveland Don Criqui and John Brodie
2:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Seattle at Kansas City Mike Adamle and Dave Rowe
4:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Miami at N.Y. Jets Dick Enberg and Bob Trumpy
San Diego at Oakland Charlie Jones and Len Dawson
November 26, 1981 12:30 p.m. Eastern Kansas City at Detroit Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen
November 29, 1981 1:00 p.m. Eastern Baltimore at N.Y. Jets Marv Albert and Len Dawson
Cincinnati at Cleveland Bob Costas and Bob Trumpy
4:00 p.m. Eastern Denver at San Diego Phil Stone and John Brodie
Oakland at Seattle Jay Randolph and Gene Washington
December 6, 1981 1:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) New England at Miami Charlie Jones and Len Dawson
4:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Buffalo at San Diego Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen
Kansas City at Denver Don Criqui and John Brodie
N.Y. Jets at Seattle Bob Costas and Bob Trumpy
December 12, 1981 12:30 p.m. Eastern N.Y. Jets at Cleveland Dick Enberg
December 13, 1981 1:00 p.m. Eastern Baltimore at Washington Merle Harmon and Mike Haffner
Buffalo at New England Charlie Jones and Dave Rowe
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh Don Criqui and John Brodie
Miami at Kansas City Marv Albert and Len Dawson
San Diego at Tampa Bay Phil Stone and Gene Washington
4:00 p.m. Eastern Houston at San Francisco Bob Costas and Bob Trumpy
Seattle at Denver Jay Randolph and Jim Turner
December 19, 1981 4:00 p.m. Eastern Buffalo at Miami Don Criqui and John Brodie
December 20, 1981 1:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Denver at Chicago Bob Costas and Bob Trumpy
Kansas City at Minnesota Merle Harmon and Jim Turner
2:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) New England at Baltimore Sam Nover and Dave Rowe
4:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Cincinnati at Atlanta Charlie Jones and Len Dawson
Cleveland at Seattle Jay Randolph and Mike Haffner
Pittsburgh at Houston Phil Stone and Gene Washington
December 27, 1981 (AFC Wild Card Playoff) 12:30 p.m. Eastern Buffalo at N.Y. Jets Charlie Jones and Len Dawson
January 2, 1982 (AFC Divisional Playoff) 5:00 p.m. Eastern San Diego at Miami Don Criqui and John Brodie
January 3, 1982 (AFC Divisional Playoff) 1:00 p.m. Eastern Buffalo at Cincinnati Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen
January 10, 1982 (AFC Championship Game) 1:00 p.m. Eastern San Diego at Cincinnati Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen
1984[edit]
Date Time Teams Announcers
September 2, 1984 1:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Kansas City at Pittsburgh Bill Wilkerson and Dave Rowe
Miami at Washington Charlie Jones and Bob Griese
New England at Buffalo Jay Randolph and Gene Washington
San Diego at Minnesota Phil Stone and Reggie Rucker
4:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Cincinnati at Denver Don Criqui and Bob Trumpy
L.A. Raiders at Houston Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen
N.Y. Jets at Indianapolis Marv Albert and John Brodie
September 9, 1984 1:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Buffalo at St. Louis Bill Wilkerson and Harvey Martin
Denver at Chicago Don Criqui and Bob Trumpy
Kansas City at Cincinnati Todd Donoho and Gene Washington
New England at Miami Jay Randolph and Bob Griese
4:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Cleveland at L.A. Rams Marv Albert and John Brodie
Indianapolis at Houston Phil Stone and Reggie Rucker
San Diego at Seattle Charlie Jones and Merlin Olsen
September 16, 1984 1:00 p.m. Eastern Cincinnati at N.Y. Jets Marv Albert and John Brodie
L.A. Raiders at Kansas City Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen
Seattle at New England Don Criqui and Bob Trumpy
4:00 p.m. Eastern Houston at San Diego Charlie Jones and Bob Griese
September 23, 1984 1:00 p.m. Eastern Houston at Atlanta Don Criqui and Bob Trumpy
N.Y. Jets at Buffalo Marv Albert and John Brodie
Pittsburgh at Cleveland Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen
4:00 p.m. Eastern Indianapolis at Miami Charlie Jones and Bob Griese
Kansas City at Denver Jay Randolph and Gene Washington
September 30, 1984 1:00 p.m. Eastern Buffalo at Indianapolis Len Berman and Bob Trumpy
Cleveland at Kansas City Phil Stone and Reggie Rucker
Miami at St. Louis Jay Randolph and Bob Griese
New England at N.Y. Jets Marv Albert and John Brodie
Seattle at Minnesota Todd Donoho and Gene Washington
4:00 p.m. Eastern L.A. Raiders at Denver Don Criqui and Merlin Olsen
October 7, 1984 1:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Denver at Detroit Don Criqui and Bob Trumpy
Miami at Pittsburgh Jay Randolph and Bob Griese
New England at Cleveland Todd Donoho and Reggie Rucker
N.Y. Jets at Kansas City Marv Albert and John Brodie
4:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Houston at Cincinnati Bill Wilkerson and Dave Rowe
San Diego at Green Bay Phil Stone and Gene Washington
Seattle at L.A. Raiders Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen
October 14, 1984 1:00 p.m. Eastern Cincinnati at New England Todd Donoho and Gene Washington
Houston at Miami Gary Gerould and Harvey Martin
Indianapolis at Philadelphia Bill Wilkerson and Dave Rowe
N.Y. Jets at Cleveland Charlie Jones and Bob Griese
San Diego at Kansas City Don Criqui and Merlin Olsen
4:00 p.m. Eastern Pittsburgh at San Francisco Jay Randolph and Bob Trumpy
October 21, 1984 1:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Cleveland at Cincinnati Phil Stone and Reggie Rucker
Denver at Buffalo Len Berman and Gene Washington
Miami at New England Charlie Jones and Bob Griese
Pittsburgh at Indianapolis Gary Gerould and Dave Rowe
Seattle vs. Green Bay (at Milwaukee) Don Criqui and Bob Trumpy
4:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Kansas City at N.Y. Jets Marv Albert and John Brodie
L.A. Raiders at San Diego Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen
October 28, 1984 1:00 p.m. Eastern Cincinnati at Houston Phil Stone and Gene Washington
Indianapolis at Dallas Don Criqui and Bob Trumpy
N.Y. Jets at New England Marv Albert and John Brodie
4:00 p.m. Eastern Buffalo at Miami Charlie Jones and Bob Griese
Denver at L.A. Raiders Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen
November 4, 1984 1:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Cleveland at Buffalo Bill Wilkerson and Reggie Rucker
Houston at Pittsburgh Gary Gerould and Harvey Martin
L.A. Raiders at Chicago Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen
San Diego at Indianapolis Phil Stone and Dave Rowe
4:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Cincinnati at San Francisco Len Berman and Gene Washington
Kansas City at Seattle Jay Randolph and John Brodie
Miami at N.Y. Jets Charlie Jones and Bob Griese
New England at Denver Don Criqui and Bob Trumpy
November 11, 1984 1:00 p.m. Eastern Buffalo at New England Len Berman and Gene Washington
Houston at Kansas City Jay Randolph and Bob Trumpy
Indianapolis at N.Y. Jets Marv Albert and John Brodie
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati Charlie Jones and Bob Griese
4:00 p.m. Eastern Denver at San Diego Don Criqui and Merlin Olsen
November 18, 1984 1:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Cleveland at Atlanta Gary Gerould and Reggie Rucker
New England at Indianapolis Charlie Jones and Bob Griese
Seattle at Cincinnati Don Criqui and Bob Trumpy
4:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Kansas City at L.A. Raiders Phil Stone and Gene Washington
Miami at San Diego Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen
N.Y. Jets at Houston Marv Albert and John Brodie
November 22, 1984 4:00 p.m. Eastern New England at Dallas Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen
November 25, 1984 1:00 p.m. Eastern Buffalo at Washington Jay Randolph and Reggie Rucker
Houston at Cleveland Gary Gerould and Harvey Martin
Kansas City at N.Y. Giants Don Criqui and Bob Trumpy
San Diego at Pittsburgh Len Berman and Gene Washington
4:00 p.m. Eastern Indianapolis at L.A. Raiders Phil Stone and Dave Rowe
Seattle at Denver Marv Albert and John Brodie
December 2, 1984 1:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Cincinnati at Cleveland Len Berman and Gene Washington
Denver at Kansas City Charlie Jones and Bob Griese
Indianapolis at Buffalo Don Criqui and Bob Trumpy
Pittsburgh at Houston Phil Stone and John Brodie
4:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) L.A. Raiders at Miami Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen
December 8, 1984 12:30 p.m. Eastern Buffalo at N.Y. Jets Marty Glickman and John Brodie
December 9, 1984 1:00 p.m. Eastern Cincinnati at New Orleans Gary Gerould and Harvey Martin
Cleveland at Pittsburgh Don Criqui and Bob Trumpy
Miami at Indianapolis Jay Randolph and Reggie Rucker
New England at Philadelphia Phil Stone and Dave Rowe
Seattle at Kansas City Charlie Jones and Bob Griese
4:00 p.m. Eastern Houston at L.A. Rams Len Berman and Gene Washington
San Diego at Denver Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen
December 15, 1984 4:00 p.m. Eastern Denver at Seattle Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen
December 16, 1984 1:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Buffalo at Cincinnati Charlie Jones and Bob Griese
Cleveland at Houston Gary Gerould and Reggie Rucker
Indianapolis at New England Len Berman and Gene Washington
N.Y. Jets at Tampa Bay Don Criqui and Bob Trumpy
4:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Kansas City at San Diego Phil Stone and Dave Rowe
Pittsburgh at L.A. Raiders Jay Randolph and John Brodie
December 22, 1984 (AFC Wild Card Playoff) 4:00 p.m. Eastern L.A. Raiders at Seattle Charlie Jones and Bob Griese
December 29, 1984 (AFC Divisional Playoff) 12:30 p.m. Eastern Seattle at Miami Marv Albert and John Brodie
December 30, 1984 (AFC Divisional Playoff) 4:00 p.m. Eastern Pittsburgh at Denver Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen
January 6, 1985 (AFC Championship Game) 12:30 p.m. Eastern Pittsburgh at Miami Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen
1988[edit]
Date Time Teams Announcers
September 4, 1988 1:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Miami at Chicago Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen
4:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Cleveland at Kansas City Gary Gerould and Reggie Rucker
Houston at Indianapolis Tom Hammond and Jon Morris
N.Y. Jets at New England Marv Albert and Joe Namath
San Diego at L.A. Raiders Charlie Jones and Jimmy Cefalo
Seattle at Denver Don Criqui and Bob Trumpy
September 11, 1988 1:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Miami at Buffalo Chuck Thompson and Jimmy Cefalo
Pittsburgh at Washington Curt Gowdy and Merlin Olsen
4:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Cincinnati at Philadelphia Kevin Slaten and Dave Lapham
Kansas City at Seattle Sam Nover and Jon Morris
L.A. Raiders at Houston Ray Scott and Joe Namath
New England at Minnesota Jim Donovan and Reggie Rucker
N.Y. Jets at Cleveland Mel Proctor and Al DeRogatis
San Diego at Denver Merle Harmon and Paul Hornung
September 18, 1988 1:00 p.m. Eastern Buffalo at New England Mel Proctor and Jon Morris
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh Chuck Thompson and Reggie Rucker
Denver at Kansas City Jim Donovan and Joe Namath
Houston at N.Y. Jets Curt Gowdy and Al DeRogatis
4:00 p.m. Eastern Seattle at San Diego Ray Scott and Merlin Olsen
September 25, 1988 1:00 p.m. Eastern Cleveland at Cincinnati Jim Donovan and Larry Csonka
Miami at Indianapolis Sam Nover and Reggie Rucker
New England at Houston Mel Proctor and Jerry Kramer
N.Y. Jets at Detroit Merle Harmon and Joe Namath
Pittsburgh at Buffalo Curt Gowdy and Al DeRogatis
4:00 p.m. Eastern San Diego at Kansas City Ray Scott and Merlin Olsen
October 2, 1988 1:00 p.m. Eastern Buffalo at Chicago Curt Gowdy and Merlin Olsen
Cleveland at Pittsburgh Jim Donovan and Reggie Rucker
Houston at Philadelphia Mel Proctor and Larry Csonka
Indianapolis at New England Steve Grad and Jon Morris
Seattle at Atlanta Kevin Slaten and Jerry Kramer
4:00 p.m. Eastern Cincinnati at L.A. Raiders Sam Nover and Ken Anderson
Denver at San Diego Ray Scott and Joe Namath
Kansas City at N.Y. Jets Merle Harmon and Al DeRogatis
October 9, 1988 1:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Indianapolis at Buffalo Tom Hammond and Dave Lapham
Kansas City at Houston Jay Randolph and Reggie Rucker
New England vs. Green Bay (at Milwaukee) Curt Gowdy and Jerry Kramer
N.Y. Jets at Cincinnati Don Criqui and Bob Trumpy
Seattle at Cleveland Mel Proctor and Joe Namath
4:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Denver at San Francisco Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen
Miami at L.A. Raiders Charlie Jones and Jimmy Cefalo
Pittsburgh at Phoenix Gary Gerould and Jon Morris
October 16, 1988 1:00 p.m. Eastern Cincinnati at New England Don Criqui and Bob Trumpy
Houston at Pittsburgh Jay Randolph and Reggie Rucker
L.A. Raiders at Kansas City Tom Hammond and Joe Namath
4:00 p.m. Eastern San Diego at Miami Charlie Jones and Merlin Olsen
October 23, 1988 1:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Denver at Pittsburgh Sam Nover and Dave Lapham
Houston at Cincinnati Charlie Jones and Jimmy Cefalo
L.A. Raiders at New Orleans Mel Proctor and Joe Namath
New England at Buffalo Tom Hammond and Jon Morris
4:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Cleveland at Phoenix Gary Gerould and Reggie Rucker
Indianapolis at San Diego Fred Roggin and Jerry Kramer
N.Y. Jets at Miami Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen
Seattle at L.A. Rams Don Criqui and Bob Trumpy
October 30, 1988 1:00 p.m. Eastern Cincinnati at Cleveland Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen
Miami at Tampa Bay Charlie Jones and Jimmy Cefalo
Pittsburgh at N.Y. Jets Marv Albert and Paul Maguire
4:00 p.m. Eastern Kansas City at L.A. Raiders Don Criqui and Bob Trumpy
San Diego at Seattle Jim Donovan and Larry Csonka
November 6, 1988 1:00 p.m. Eastern Miami at New England Marv Albert and Paul Maguire
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati Jim Donovan and Joe Namath
4:00 p.m. Eastern Buffalo at Seattle Mel Proctor and Merlin Olsen
Kansas City at Denver Gary Gerould and Reggie Rucker
N.Y. Jets at Indianapolis Don Criqui and Bob Trumpy
November 13, 1988 1:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Cincinnati at Kansas City Don Criqui and Bob Trumpy
Indianapolis at Green Bay Fred Roggin and Larry Csonka
New England at N.Y. Jets Marv Albert and Paul Maguire
San Diego at Atlanta Jim Donovan and Jon Morris
4:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Cleveland at Denver Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen
Houston at Seattle Charlie Jones and Jimmy Cefalo
L.A. Raiders at San Francisco Tom Hammond and Joe Namath
November 20, 1988 1:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Cincinnati at Dallas Jim Donovan and Jimmy Cefalo
Indianapolis at Minnesota Marv Albert and Paul Maguire
N.Y. Jets at Buffalo Don Criqui and Bob Trumpy
Pittsburgh at Cleveland Sam Nover and Jon Morris
Seattle at Kansas City Gary Gerould and Ken Anderson
4:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Denver at New Orleans Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen
San Diego at L.A. Rams Tom Hammond and Joe Namath
November 24, 1988 4:00 p.m. Eastern Houston at Dallas Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen
November 27, 1988 1:00 p.m. Eastern Buffalo at Cincinnati Marv Albert and Paul Maguire
Cleveland at Washington Tom Hammond and Joe Namath
Kansas City at Pittsburgh Gary Gerould and Reggie Rucker
Miami at N.Y. Jets Don Criqui and Bob Trumpy
4:00 p.m. Eastern New England at Indianapolis Charlie Jones and Jon Morris
December 4, 1988 1:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Buffalo at Tampa Bay Gary Gerould and Jimmy Cefalo
Indianapolis at Miami Fred Roggin and Larry Csonka
San Diego at Cincinnati Tom Hammond and Joe Namath
Seattle at New England Don Criqui and Bob Trumpy
4:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Denver at L.A. Raiders Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen
N.Y. Jets at Kansas City Marv Albert and Paul Maguire
December 10, 1988 12:30 p.m. Eastern Indianapolis at N.Y. Jets Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen
December 11, 1988 1:00 p.m. Eastern Cincinnati at Houston Charlie Jones and Jimmy Cefalo
Kansas City at N.Y. Giants Don Criqui and Bob Trumpy
L.A. Raiders at Buffalo Tom Hammond and Joe Namath
4:00 p.m. Eastern Pittsburgh at San Diego Jay Randolph and Reggie Rucker
December 17, 1988 4:00 p.m. Eastern New England at Denver Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen
December 18, 1988 1:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Buffalo at Indianapolis Marv Albert and Paul Maguire
Houston at Cleveland Don Criqui and Bob Trumpy
Miami at Pittsburgh Tom Hammond and Joe Namath
4:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Kansas City at San Diego Jay Randolph and Dave Rowe
Seattle at L.A. Raiders Charlie Jones and Jimmy Cefalo
December 24, 1988 (AFC Wild Card Playoff) 1:30 p.m. Eastern Houston at Cleveland Don Criqui and Bob Trumpy
December 31, 1988 (AFC Divisional Playoff) 4:00 p.m. Eastern at Cincinnati Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen
January 1, 1989 (AFC Divisional Playoff) 12:30 p.m. Eastern Houston at Buffalo Marv Albert and Paul Maguire
January 8, 1989 (AFC Championship Game) 12:30 p.m. Eastern Buffalo at Cincinnati Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen
January 22, 1989 (Super Bowl XXIII) 5:00 p.m. Eastern Cincinnati vs. San Francisco Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen
1989[edit]
Date Time Teams Announcers
September 10, 1989 1:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Cincinnati at Chicago Dick Enberg and Bill Walsh
4:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Buffalo at Miami Jim Donovan and Jimmy Cefalo
Cleveland at Pittsburgh Tom Hammond and Joe Namath
Houston at Minnesota Don Criqui and Ahmad Rashad
Kansas City at Denver Fred Roggin and Lyle Alzado
New England at N.Y. Jets Marv Albert and Bob Trumpy
San Diego at L.A. Raiders Charlie Jones and Merlin Olsen
Seattle at Philadelphia Joel Meyers and Paul Maguire
September 17, 1989 1:00 p.m. Eastern L.A. Raiders at Kansas City Charlie Jones and Merlin Olsen
Miami at New England Joel Meyers and Paul Maguire
N.Y. Jets at Cleveland Marv Albert and Bob Trumpy
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati Don Criqui and Ahmad Rashad
4:00 p.m. Eastern Houston at San Diego Tom Hammond and Joe Namath
Indianapolis at L.A. Rams Dick Enberg and Bill Walsh
September 24, 1989 1:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Buffalo at Houston Marv Albert and Bob Trumpy
Seattle at New England Don Criqui and Ahmad Rashad
4:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Kansas City at San Diego Tom Hammond and Joe Namath
L.A. Raiders at Denver Dick Enberg and Bill Walsh
N.Y. Jets at Miami Charlie Jones and Merlin Olsen
October 1, 1989 1:00 p.m. Eastern Cincinnati at Kansas City Tom Hammond and Joe Namath
Denver at Cleveland Joel Meyers and Paul Maguire
Indianapolis at N.Y. Jets Marv Albert and Bob Trumpy
Miami at Houston Jim Donovan and Jimmy Cefalo
New England at Buffalo Charlie Jones and Merlin Olsen
Pittsburgh at Detroit Don Criqui and Ahmad Rashad
4:00 p.m. Eastern San Diego at Phoenix Jay Randolph and Lyle Alzado
Seattle at L.A. Raiders Dick Enberg and Bill Walsh
October 8, 1989 1:00 p.m. Eastern Buffalo at Indianapolis Dick Enberg and Bill Walsh
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh Joel Meyers and Paul Maguire
Cleveland at Miami Charlie Jones and Merlin Olsen
Houston at New England Jim Donovan and Jimmy Cefalo
4:00 p.m. Eastern Kansas City at Seattle Don Criqui and Ahmad Rashad
San Diego at Denver Jay Randolph and Joe Namath
October 15, 1989 1:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Houston at Chicago Dick Enberg and Bill Walsh
Miami at Cincinnati Fred Roggin and Lyle Alzado
New England at Atlanta Jim Donovan and Jimmy Cefalo
4:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Indianapolis at Denver Marv Albert and Bob Trumpy
Kansas City at L.A. Raiders Tom Hammond and Joe Namath
N.Y. Jets at New Orleans Don Criqui and Ahmad Rashad
Pittsburgh at Cleveland Joel Meyers and Paul Maguire
Seattle at San Diego Charlie Jones and Merlin Olsen
October 22, 1989 1:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Indianapolis at Cincinnati Marv Albert and Bob Trumpy
L.A. Raiders at Philadelphia Joel Meyers and Paul Maguire
N.Y. Jets at Buffalo Don Criqui and Ahmad Rashad
Pittsburgh at Houston Tom Hammond and Joe Namath
4:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Denver at Seattle Jim Donovan and Jimmy Cefalo
New England at San Francisco Dick Enberg and Bill Walsh
October 29, 1989 1:00 p.m. Eastern Houston at Cleveland Dick Enberg and Bill Walsh
Kansas City at Pittsburgh Joel Meyers and Paul Maguire
Miami at Buffalo Don Criqui and Ahmad Rashad
New England at Indianapolis Marv Albert and Bob Trumpy
4:00 p.m. Eastern San Diego at Seattle Charlie Jones and Merlin Olsen
November 5, 1989 1:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Buffalo at Atlanta Joel Meyers and Paul Maguire
Cleveland at Tampa Bay Tom Hammond and Joe Namath
Indianapolis at Miami Dick Enberg and Bill Walsh
N.Y. Jets at New England Don Criqui and Ahmad Rashad
Seattle at Kansas City Jim Donovan and Jim Laslavic
4:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Cincinnati at L.A. Raiders Charlie Jones and Merlin Olsen
Pittsburgh at Denver Marv Albert and Bob Trumpy
November 12, 1989 1:00 p.m. Eastern Denver at Kansas City Dick Enberg and Bill Walsh
Indianapolis at Buffalo Joel Meyers and Paul Maguire
Miami at N.Y. Jets Tom Hammond and Joe Namath
4:00 p.m. Eastern Cleveland at Seattle Marv Albert and Ahmad Rashad
November 19, 1989 1:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Buffalo at New England Charlie Jones and Merlin Olsen
Kansas City at Cleveland Dick Enberg and Bill Walsh
Miami at Dallas Tom Hammond and Joe Namath
San Diego at Pittsburgh Joel Meyers and Paul Maguire
4:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) L.A. Raiders at Houston Don Criqui and Ahmad Rashad
Seattle at N.Y. Giants Marv Albert and Bob Trumpy
November 23, 1989 12:30 p.m. Eastern Cleveland at Detroit Dick Enberg and Bill Walsh
November 26, 1989 1:00 p.m. Eastern Cincinnati at Buffalo Don Criqui and Ahmad Rashad
Houston at Kansas City Jim Donovan and Jimmy Cefalo
Pittsburgh at Miami Marv Albert and Bob Trumpy
San Diego at Indianapolis Joel Meyers and Paul Maguire
4:00 p.m. Eastern New England at L.A. Raiders Tom Hammond and Joe Namath
Seattle at Denver Charlie Jones and Merlin Olsen
December 3, 1989 1:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Cincinnati at Cleveland Don Criqui and Ahmad Rashad
Houston at Pittsburgh Jim Donovan and Bob Trumpy
Indianapolis at New England Tom Hammond and Joe Namath
Miami at Kansas City Charlie Jones and Merlin Olsen
4:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Denver at L.A. Raiders Dick Enberg and Bill Walsh
N.Y. Jets at San Diego Joel Meyers and Paul Maguire
December 10, 1989 1:00 p.m. Eastern Kansas City at Green Bay Jim Donovan and Jimmy Cefalo
Pittsburgh at N.Y. Jets Tom Hammond and Joe Namath
San Diego at Washington Dick Enberg and Bill Walsh
Seattle at Cincinnati Don Criqui and Ahmad Rashad
4:00 p.m. Eastern Cleveland at Indianapolis Charlie Jones and Merlin Olsen
December 16, 1989 4:00 p.m. Eastern Denver at Phoenix Marv Albert and Bob Trumpy
December 17, 1989 1:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Houston at Cincinnati Don Criqui and Ahmad Rashad
Miami at Indianapolis Charlie Jones and Merlin Olsen
New England at Pittsburgh Jim Donovan and Jimmy Cefalo
San Diego at Kansas City Joel Meyers and Paul Maguire
4:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Buffalo at San Francisco Dick Enberg and Bill Walsh
N.Y. Jets at L.A. Rams Tom Hammond and Joe Namath
December 23, 1989 12:30 p.m. Eastern Buffalo at N.Y. Jets Dick Enberg and Bill Walsh
December 24, 1989 1:00 p.m. Eastern Indianapolis at New Orleans Jim Donovan and Bob Trumpy
Kansas City at Miami Tom Hammond and Joe Namath
L.A. Raiders at N.Y. Giants Don Criqui and Ahmad Rashad
Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay Joel Meyers and Paul Maguire
4:00 p.m. Eastern Denver at San Diego Charlie Jones and Merlin Olsen
December 31, 1989 (AFC Wild Card Playoff) 4:00 p.m. Eastern Pittsburgh at Houston Marv Albert and Bob Trumpy
January 6, 1990 (AFC Divisional Playoff) 12:30 p.m. Eastern Buffalo at Cleveland Charlie Jones and Merlin Olsen
January 7, 1990 (AFC Divisional Playoff) 4:00 p.m. Eastern Pittsburgh at Denver Dick Enberg and Bill Walsh
January 14, 1990 (AFC Championship Game) 1:30 p.m. Eastern Cleveland at Denver Dick Enberg and Bill Walsh

1990s[edit]

On March 12, 1990, at the NFL's annual meeting in Orlando, Florida, the league new ratified four-year television agreements for the 1990 to 1993 seasons involving ABC, CBS, NBC, ESPN and TNT. The contracts totaled US$3.6 billion, the largest package in television history. This contract saw each network having rights to one Super Bowl telecast 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 (although they were originally scheduled to broadcast Super Bowl XXVI; CBS instead televised the game as part of a swap with the network). CBS is the only other network to televise two Super Bowls (Super Bowl I and II) in a row. NBC, which had held XXVII (according the original rotation, NBC would have had XXVI and CBS 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), was the only network to bid on XXVIII. Previously, the league alternated the Super Bowl broadcast among its broadcast network partners, except for Super Bowl I; CBS broadcast Super Bowl II, then the league rotated the broadcast between CBS and NBC until 1985 when ABC entered the rotation when that network broadcast Super Bowl XIX.[10]

The live Sunday matches of the 1991 Ryder Cup on NBC were scheduled to end by mid-afternoon in order to allow NBC to cover regional NFL games at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

On December 18, 1993, the NFL announced new four-year television agreements involving ABC, ESPN, TNT and NFL newcomer Fox, which took over the NFC package from CBS.[11] The NFL completed its new television agreements on December 20, with the announcement that NBC would retain the rights to the AFC package.[12]

Starting in 1995, NBC unveiled a new theme by veteran composer Randy Edelman, which was used for both its pregame show (now simply titled The NFL on NBC) and game telecasts. This theme would be used until Super Bowl XXXII in 1997 between the Denver Broncos and Green Bay Packers. NBC lost AFC television rights after 1997 to CBS which currently has them today. The NFL would not return to NBC until 2006 for Sunday Night Football. NBC still uses the 1995 to 1997 era theme, but only for online streams of Sunday Night Football online (dubbed "NBC Sunday Night Football Extra") if the feed is accessed prior to the start of the game.

Schedules[edit]

1990[edit]
Date Time Teams Announcers
September 9, 1990 1:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Seattle at Chicago
4:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Denver at L.A. Raiders
Houston at Atlanta
Indianapolis at Buffalo
Miami at New England
N.Y. Jets at Cincinnati
Pittsburgh at Cleveland
San Diego at Dallas
September 16, 1990 1:00 p.m. Eastern Buffalo at Miami
Cleveland at N.Y. Jets
New England at Indianapolis
4:00 p.m. Eastern Cincinnati at San Diego
L.A. Raiders at Seattle
September 23, 1990 1:00 p.m. Eastern Indianapolis at Houston
Kansas City at Green Bay
Miami at N.Y. Giants
New England at Cincinnati
San Diego at Cleveland
4:00 p.m. Eastern Pittsburgh at L.A. Raiders
Seattle at Denver
September 30, 1990 1:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Denver at Buffalo
Indianapolis at Philadelphia
Miami at Pittsburgh
4:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Cleveland at Kansas City
Houston at San Diego
N.Y. Jets at New England
October 7, 1990 1:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Kansas City at Indianapolis
N.Y. Jets at Miami
San Diego at Pittsburgh
Seattle at New England
4:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Cincinnati at L.A. Rams
October 14, 1990 1:00 p.m. Eastern Cincinnati at Houston
Cleveland at New Orleans
San Diego at N.Y. Jets
4:00 p.m. Eastern Pittsburgh at Denver
Seattle at L.A. Raiders
October 21, 1990 1:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Denver at Indianapolis
N.Y. Jets at Buffalo
4:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Kansas City at Seattle
L.A. Raiders at San Diego
Pittsburgh at San Francisco Dick Enberg and Bill Walsh
October 28, 1990 1:00 p.m. Eastern Buffalo at New England
Miami at Indianapolis
N.Y. Jets at Houston
4:00 p.m. Eastern Cleveland at San Francisco Charlie Jones and Bill Walsh
November 4, 1990 1:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) L.A. Raiders at Kansas City
New England at Philadelphia
4:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Buffalo at Cleveland
Houston at L.A. Rams
San Diego at Seattle
November 11, 1990 1:00 p.m. Eastern Indianapolis at New England
Miami at N.Y. Jets
Seattle at Kansas City
4:00 p.m. Eastern Denver at San Diego
November 18, 1990 1:00 p.m. Eastern Houston at Cleveland
New England at Buffalo
San Diego at Kansas City
4:00 p.m. Eastern N.Y. Jets at Indianapolis
November 22, 1990 12:30 p.m. Eastern Denver at Detroit
November 25, 1990 1:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Indianapolis at Cincinnati
Miami at Cleveland
4:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Kansas City at L.A. Raiders
New England at Phoenix
Pittsburgh at N.Y. Jets
December 2, 1990 1:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Cincinnati at Pittsburgh
Kansas City at New England
Miami at Washington
4:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Houston at Seattle
Indianapolis at Phoenix
L.A. Raiders at Denver
N.Y. Jets at San Diego
December 9, 1990 1:00 p.m. Eastern Buffalo at Indianapolis
Cleveland at Houston
New England at Pittsburgh
Seattle vs. Green Bay (at Milwaukee)
4:00 p.m. Eastern Denver at Kansas City
December 15, 1990 12:30 p.m. Eastern Buffalo at N.Y. Giants
December 16, 1990 1:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Houston at Kansas City
Indianapolis at N.Y. Jets
Pittsburgh at New Orleans
Seattle at Miami
4:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Cincinnati at L.A. Raiders
San Diego at Denver
December 22, 1990 4:00 p.m. Eastern L.A. Raiders at Minnesota
December 23, 1990 1:00 p.m. Eastern Cleveland at Pittsburgh
Houston at Cincinnati
Miami at Buffalo
New England at N.Y. Jets
4:00 p.m. Eastern Kansas City at San Diego
December 29, 1990 12:30 p.m. Eastern Kansas City at Chicago
December 30, 1990 1:00 p.m. Eastern Buffalo at Washington
Cleveland at Cincinnati
Indianapolis at Miami
4:00 p.m. Eastern N.Y. Jets at Tampa Bay
San Diego at L.A. Raiders
January 6, 1991 (AFC Wild Card Playoff) 12:30 p.m. Eastern Houston at Cincinnati
January 12, 1991 (AFC Divisional Playoff) 12:30 p.m. Eastern Miami at Buffalo
January 13, 1991 (AFC Divisional Playoff) 4:00 p.m. Eastern Cincinnati at L.A. Raiders
January 20, 1991 (AFC Championship Game) 12:30 p.m. Eastern L.A. Raiders at Buffalo
1992[edit]
Date Time Teams Announcers
September 6, 1992 1:00 p.m. Eastern at Atlanta
4:00 p.m. Eastern Cincinnati
September 13, 1992 1:00 p.m. (doubleheader) at Cincinnati
4:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Buffalo Dick Enberg and Bob Trumpy
September 20, 1992 1:00 p.m. Eastern Cincinnati
September 27, 1992 1:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Buffalo
October 4, 1992 1:00 p.m. Eastern at Buffalo
October 11, 1992 4:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Buffalo
at Cincinnati
October 25, 1992 1:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Cincinnati
November 1, 1992 1:00 p.m. Eastern at Buffalo
4:00 p.m. Eastern at Cincinnati
November 8, 1992 4:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) at Buffalo
November 15, 1992 1:00 p.m. Eastern Cincinnati
November 29, 1992 1:00 p.m. Eastern at Atlanta
at Cincinnati
4:00 p.m. Eastern Buffalo
December 6, 1992 1:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Cincinnati
at Buffalo
December 12, 1992 12:30 p.m. Eastern at Buffalo
December 13, 1992 1:00 p.m. Eastern at Chicago
4:00 p.m. Eastern Cincinnati
December 20, 1992 1:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Buffalo
at Cincinnati
December 27, 1992 1:00 p.m. Eastern at Cincinnati
January 3, 1993 (AFC Wild Card Playoff) 12:30 p.m. Eastern at Buffalo
January 9, 1993 (AFC Divisional Playoff) 12:30 p.m. Eastern Buffalo
January 17, 1993 (AFC Championship Game) 12:30 p.m. Eastern Buffalo
January 31, 1993 (Super Bowl XXVII) 6:00 p.m. Eastern Buffalo
1993[edit]
1994[edit]
Date Time Teams Announcers
September 4, 1994 1:00 p.m. Eastern Cleveland at Cincinnati Tom Hammond and Cris Collinsworth
Houston at Indianapolis Don Criqui and Beasley Reece
Kansas City at New Orleans Dick Enberg, Bob Trumpy and Hannah Storm
Seattle at Washington Charlie Jones and Randy Cross
4:00 p.m. Eastern New England at Miami Jim Lampley, Todd Christensen and Will McDonough
N.Y. Jets at Buffalo Marv Albert and Paul Maguire
September 11, 1994 1:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Buffalo at New England Don Criqui, Beasley Reece and Will McDonough
Indianapolis at Tampa Bay Mike Bush and Dan Hampton
Miami vs. Green Bay (at Milwaukee) Jim Lampley and Todd Christensen
Pittsburgh at Cleveland Tom Hammond and Cris Collinsworth
4:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Cincinnati at San Diego Dan Hicks and Bob Golic
Denver at N.Y. Jets Marv Albert and Paul Maguire
Houston at Dallas Dick Enberg, Bob Trumpy, and Hannah Storm
Seattle at L.A. Raiders Charlie Jones and Randy Cross
September 18, 1994 1:00 p.m. Eastern Buffalo at Houston Charlie Jones and Randy Cross
Indianapolis at Pittsburgh Don Criqui and Beasley Reece
New England at Cincinnati Tom Hammond and Cris Collinsworth
N.Y. Jets at Miami Marv Albert, Paul Maguire and Mary Ann Grabavoy
4:00 p.m. Eastern L.A. Raiders at Denver Dick Enberg, Bob Trumpy and Hannah Storm
San Diego at Seattle Jim Lampley and Todd Christensen
September 25, 1994 1:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Cleveland at Indianapolis Jim Donovan and Beasley Reece
Miami at Minnesota Charlie Jones, Randy Cross and John Dockery
4:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Cincinnati at Houston Dan Hicks and Bob Golic
New England at Detroit Marv Albert and Paul Maguire
San Diego at L.A. Raiders Dick Enberg, Bob Trumpy and Hannah Storm
6:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Pittsburgh at Seattle Don Criqui and Todd Christensen
October 2, 1994 1:00 p.m. Eastern N.Y. Jets at Cleveland Marv Albert, Paul Maguire and Mary Ann Grabavoy
Seattle at Indianapolis Tom Hammond and Cris Collinsworth
4:00 p.m. Eastern Buffalo at Chicago Dick Enberg, Bob Trumpy and Hannah Storm
October 9, 1994 1:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Indianapolis at N.Y. Jets Jim Lampley and Todd Christensen
Miami at Buffalo Dick Enberg, Bob Trumpy and Hannah Storm
4:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Denver at Seattle Don Criqui and Cris Collinsworth
Kansas City at San Diego Charlie Jones, Randy Cross and Beasley Reece
L.A. Raiders at New England Marv Albert and Paul Maguire
October 16, 1994 1:00 p.m. Eastern Cincinnati at Pittsburgh Don Criqui and Beasley Reece
Indianapolis at Buffalo Tom Hammond and Cris Collinsworth
L.A. Raiders at Miami Dick Enberg, Bob Trumpy and Hannah Storm
New England at N.Y. Jets Charlie Jones, Randy Cross and Mary Ann Grabavoy
4:00 p.m. Eastern San Diego at New Orleans Marv Albert and Paul Maguire
October 23, 1994 1:00 p.m. Eastern Cincinnati at Cleveland Don Criqui and Beasley Reece
Pittsburgh at N.Y. Giants Dick Enberg, Bob Trumpy and Hannah Storm
Seattle at Kansas City Marv Albert and Paul Maguire
4:00 p.m. Eastern Denver at San Diego Charlie Jones and Randy Cross
October 30, 1994 1:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Kansas City at Buffalo Dick Enberg, Bob Trumpy and Hannah Storm
4:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Cleveland at Denver Don Criqui, Beasley Reece and Jim Gray
Houston at L.A. Raiders Dan Hicks and Bob Golic
Miami at New England Jim Lampley, Todd Christensen and Will McDonough
N.Y. Jets at Indianapolis Marv Albert and Paul Maguire
Seattle at San Diego Tom Hammond and Cris Collinsworth
November 6, 1994 1:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Indianapolis at Miami Dan Hicks and Bob Golic
Pittsburgh at Houston Don Criqui and Todd Christensen
San Diego at Atlanta Marv Albert, Paul Maguire and John Dockery
4:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Buffalo at N.Y. Jets Dick Enberg, Bob Trumpy and Hannah Storm
Cincinnati at Seattle Mike Bush and Beasley Reece
Denver at L.A. Rams Charlie Jones and Randy Cross
New England at Cleveland Tom Hammond and Cris Collinsworth
November 13, 1994 1:00 p.m. Eastern Cleveland at Philadelphia Tom Hammond, Cris Collinsworth and Mary Ann Grabavoy
Houston at Cincinnati Jim Donovan and Beasley Reece
San Diego at Kansas City Dick Enberg, Bob Trumpy and Hannah Storm
4:00 p.m. Eastern L.A. Raiders at L.A. Rams Don Criqui and Todd Christensen
N.Y. Jets at Green Bay Charlie Jones and Randy Cross
Seattle at Denver Dan Hicks and Bob Golic
November 20, 1994 1:00 p.m. Eastern Cleveland at Kansas City Marv Albert and Paul Maguire
Indianapolis at Cincinnati Jim Donovan and Bob Golic
Miami at Pittsburgh Jim Lampley and Todd Christensen
San Diego at New England Don Criqui and Beasley Reece
4:00 p.m. Eastern N.Y. Jets at Minnesota Tom Hammond, Cris Collinsworth and John Dockery
November 24, 1994 12:30 p.m. Eastern Buffalo at Detroit Dick Enberg, Bob Trumpy and Hannah Storm
November 27, 1994 1:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Houston at Cleveland Jim Lampley and Todd Christensen
Miami at N.Y. Jets Marv Albert, Paul Maguire and John Dockery
4:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Cincinnati at Denver Dan Hicks and Bob Golic
Kansas City at Seattle Tom Hammond and Cris Collinsworth
Pittsburgh at L.A. Raiders Charlie Jones, Randy Cross and Jim Gray
December 4, 1994 1:00 p.m. Eastern N.Y. Jets at New England Marv Albert and Paul Maguire
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati Charlie Jones and Randy Cross
4:00 p.m. Eastern Denver at Kansas City Dick Enberg, Bob Trumpy and Beasley Reece
Indianapolis at Seattle Dan Hicks, Todd Christensen and Jim Gray
December 10, 1994 4:00 p.m. Eastern Cleveland at Dallas Dick Enberg, Bob Trumpy and Hannah Storm
December 11, 1994 1:00 p.m. Eastern Cincinnati at N.Y. Giants Marv Albert and Paul Maguire
Indianapolis at New England Don Criqui, Beasley Reece and Will McDonough
4:00 p.m. Eastern Denver at L.A. Raiders Charlie Jones, Randy Cross and Bob Golic
Seattle at Houston Jim Lampley and Todd Christensen
December 17, 1994 4:00 p.m. Eastern Denver at San Francisco Dick Enberg, Bob Trumpy and Jim Gray
December 18, 1994 1:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) New England at Buffalo Marv Albert, Paul Maguire and John Dockery
San Diego at N.Y. Jets Tom Hammond and Cris Collinsworth
4:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Cincinnati at Arizona Dan Hicks and Bob Golic
Cleveland at Pittsburgh Charlie Jones, Randy Cross and Jim Gray
Houston at Kansas City Don Criqui and Beasley Reece
Miami at Indianapolis Jim Lampley and Todd Christensen
December 24, 1994 1:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Buffalo at Indianapolis Don Criqui and Beasley Reece
New England at Chicago Marv Albert, Paul Maguire and Will McDonough
Seattle at Cleveland Dan Hicks and Cris Collinsworth
4:00 p.m. Eastern (doubleheader) Kansas City at L.A. Raiders Dick Enberg, Bob Trumpy and Jim Gray
N.Y. Jets at Houston Charlie Jones and Randy Cross
Pittsburgh at San Diego Jim Lampley and Todd Christensen
January 1, 1995 (AFC Wild Card Playoff) 12:30 p.m. Eastern New England at Cleveland Dick Enberg and Bob Trumpy
January 7, 1995 (AFC Divisional Playoff) 12:30 p.m. Eastern Cleveland at Pittsburgh Marv Albert and Paul Maguire
January 8, 1995 (AFC Divisional Playoff) 4:00 p.m. Eastern Miami at San Diego Dick Enberg and Bob Trumpy
January 15, 1995 (AFC Championship Game) 12:30 p.m. Eastern San Diego at Pittsburgh Dick Enberg and Bob Trumpy
1997[edit]

NBC loses to CBS[edit]

NBC's rebound in overall ratings in both the 1980s and 1990s (after years of being in the bottom of the ratings cellar) was attributed in part to its continuing coverage of the NFL. But with television contract re-negotiations in early 1998 ushering in the era of multi-billion dollar broadcasting agreements, an era of pro football broadcasting would soon come to an unceremonious conclusion.

CBS, stung by Fox's surprise bid four years earlier, aggressively pursued NFL broadcast rights when the contract came up for renegotiation in 1997. CBS agreed to pay US$4 billion over eight years ($500 million per season) to take over NBC's AFC broadcast rights, which the network still holds to this day. NBC, meanwhile, had indicated a desire to bid for Monday Night Football rights in 1998, but eventually gave up, allowing ABC to retain the rights.

NBC's consecutive 33-year run as a football broadcaster came to an end with Super Bowl XXXII, played on January 25, 1998 between the Denver Broncos and Green Bay Packers. The Broncos won 31–24 to snap the AFC's 13-year losing streak in the Super Bowl (since then, the AFC has won eight additional Super Bowls to the NFC's four). Following the game, NBC aired a special one-hour episode of 3rd Rock from the Sun, which opened live at the game site with Bryant Gumbel playing himself before he was "attacked" by show star John Lithgow as his Dick Solomon character, warning about the invasion of alien females that was part of the episode's plotline.[13][14]

2000s[edit]

After NBC lost its NFL rights to CBS at the end of the 1997 season, it in the process, marked the beginning of a slow decline for its sports division, culminating in the unproductive 2004–05 prime time season (despite heavy lineup promotion during the 2004 Summer Olympics), when NBC carried no major sporting championships during prime time (NBC had already lost Major League Baseball broadcasting rights in 2000 and National Basketball Association rights in 2002; the network had acquired National Hockey League rights in 2004, but that league was involved in a lockout that season).

NBC's attempts to replace the NFL with other professional football, including the XFL in 2001 and the Arena Football League coverage from 2003 to 2006, proved to be very unsuccessful. Like CBS before it, NBC would later decide that not having NFL rights did too much damage to its overall ratings to justify foregoing the high rights fees required.

In 2005, NBC re-entered the NFL picture during negotiations for television contracts. The network was able to take advantage of a league desire to be able to switch the schedule so non-competitive games would not air in the league's marquee timeslot. Since this would require a move to Sunday night in order for this to happen, and since ABC decided to relinquish their rights to Monday Night Football, NBC was able to bid on the Sunday Night Football package and won the rights after ESPN (corporate sibling to ABC and which had previously held those rights) elected to take over the Monday Night Football rights instead.[15] NBC resumed airing NFL football on August 6, 2006, with coverage of the annual AFC-NFC Hall of Fame Game.

NBC's rights package nearly identical to the previous ABC package; in addition to the Hall of Fame Game, the contract gave NBC the rights to one additional preseason game, the National Football League Kickoff game, and two Saturday playoff games. NBC also received the rights to two Super Bowls in its bidding, Super Bowl XLIII and Super Bowl XLVI as well as the Pro Bowls in each of those two years. ABC did not have the right to be flexible with their Monday Night Football schedule and picked matchups based on a team's record in the previous season (as NBC does), which often led to teams with losing records playing each other on Monday night later in the season. The moves were intended to break NBC out of its ratings slump; however, this did not happen right away, and although NBC Sunday Night Football is the network's top-rated program and places in the top 30 among all broadcast network programs, it had no effect on the rest of the network's schedule for several years.

Al Michaels, the longtime voice of Monday Night Football and other events for ABC, moved to NBC to become the play-by-play announcer for Sunday Night Football. Michaels was originally slated to continue calling Monday Night Football for ESPN, but a trade was worked out between NBC and The Walt Disney Company, the parent company of ABC and ESPN. In the trade, Michaels was able to join NBC in exchange for Disney acquiring from NBC's corporate sibling Universal Pictures, among other things, the rights to the cartoon character Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, which was created at Universal by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks before the founding of Disney's studio (and then given to Walter Lantz, whose most famous creation would be Woody Woodpecker). Tom Hammond was NBC's secondary play-by-play announcer, calling one of NBC's two games on Wild Card Weekend.

John Madden (who had last worked with Al Michaels on Monday Night Football for ABC) was one of the first people hired by NBC, chosen to continue as a color analyst. Cris Collinsworth substituted for Madden when he was unavailable, called Wild Card games alongside Hammond until 2008, and took over on a permanent basis for the 2009 season when Madden announced his retirement from broadcasting on April 16, 2009. Prior to this, he served as a studio analyst for NBC's pregame show, Football Night in America. For the 2009 season, Joe Theismann and Joe Gibbs took Collinsworth's place in the booth for the first game of Wild Card Weekend. Andrea Kremer meanwhile, was the sideline reporter.

Super Bowl XLIII was NBC's first Super Bowl broadcast since Super Bowl XXXII,[16] The five-hour pre-game show was preceded by a two-hour special edition of Today hosted by the regular weekday team live from Tampa and the NFL Films – produced Road to the Super Bowl. Matt Millen was part of the coverage as a studio analyst. The Today contribution included portions of a taped interview with President Obama and pictures of troops viewing the proceedings in Iraq. His calling of the game made John Madden (in his final game broadcast) the first person to have announced a Super Bowl for each of the four major U.S. television networks, having called five Super Bowls for CBS, three for Fox, and two for ABC prior to joining NBC in 2006; Al Michaels also became the second person (after Pat Summerall on CBS and Fox) to be the lead Super Bowl play-by-play announcer for two different major U.S. networks (ABC and NBC). The Super Bowl was one of two major professional sports championship series NBC broadcast in 2009, as it would also broadcast the Stanley Cup Finals. Both championship series involved teams from Pittsburgh winning championships[17] (the Penguins would win the Stanley Cup that year).

The NFL has a strict policy prohibiting networks to run ads during the Super Bowl from the gambling industry, and has rejected ads from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. It had been reported that if the television program Las Vegas was airing when NBC televised Super Bowl XLIII in 2009, they likely would not have be allowed to promote the series during the entire broadcast.[18] As Vegas ended during the 2007–2008 television season, this was no longer an issue for NBC.

With an average U.S. audience of 98.7 million viewers, Super Bowl XLIII was the most-watched Super Bowl in history, and at that point the second-most-watched U.S. television program of any kind (trailing only the final episode of M*A*S*H in 1983; both would be broken by Super Bowl XLIV the following year). However, the Nielsen rating of 42.1, was lower than the 43.3 rating for Super Bowl XLII the previous year.

2010s[edit]

On December 14, 2011, the NFL, along with Fox, NBC and CBS, announced the league's rights deal with all three networks was extended to the end of the 2022 season. The three network rights deal includes the continued rotation of the Super Bowl yearly among the three, meaning NBC will air Super Bowls XLIX (2015), LII (2018), and LV (2021).[19] The new rights deal also includes NBC receiving the primetime game of the Thanksgiving tripleheader previously carried by NFL Network, along with a divisional playoff game and one wild card game rather than the full Wild Card Saturday package.

NBC's broadcast of Super Bowl XLVI at the end of the 2011 season became the most-watched program in the history of United States television, with 111.3 million US viewers, according to Nielsen.[20] The game was the first Super Bowl telecast to be streamed live online legally in the U.S., both to computers (via NFL.com and NBCSports.com) and mobile devices (via Verizon Wireless's NFL Mobile app),.[21][22] The game marked Al Michaels' eighth time conducting play-by-play for a Super Bowl (Michaels had previously done play-by-play for Super Bowls XXII, XXV, XXIX, XXXIV, XXXVII and XL for ABC, and Super Bowl XLIII for NBC).

Sunday Night Football ranked the most-watched program in the United States during the 2011-12 season. This feat was repeated during the 2013-14 season; in that case, NBC finished the season as the #1 network among adults aged 18–49 for the first time since 2004 and #2 in total viewership (behind longtime leader CBS).[23]

Pregame/studio programs[edit]

As of the 2014 season, Football Night in America is hosted by Bob Costas, who hosts from the game site, with Dan Patrick emceeing from the Stamford, Connecticut studio. Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison are studio analysts. Sports Illustrated reporter Peter King serves as a feature reporter. FNIA was broadcast from Studio 8G (and then from Studio 8H) from the GE (now Comcast) Building at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City from 2006 to 2013, before production of the program was relocated to Stamford in September 2014, joining all of NBC Sports' other operations and NBCSN.

On-air staff[edit]

Commentators[edit]

See also[edit]

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