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NBC names broadcast teams for 2016 NFL season


Mon, Aug 29th 2016 12:00 pm

Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth to call primetime TV's No. 1 show, 'Sunday Night Football,' as well as new 'Thursday Night Football' slate; Bob Costas to host 'Thursday Night Football' from game site alongside Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison; Mike Tirico to host Sunday's 'Football Night in America' from stadium, with Dan Patrick, Dungy, Harrison and Mike Florio in studio

Al Michaels (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (analyst) and Heather Cox (sideline reporter) will call NBC's new "Thursday Night Football" package. Michaels and Collinsworth return to call NBC's "Sunday Night Football" - primetime TV's No. 1 show for a historic five consecutive years - joined by sideline reporter Michele Tafoya.

Bob Costas, a 27-time Sports Emmy winner, will serve as the host of the pregame show for NBC's new "Thursday Night Football" package. He will be joined at the game site by Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy and two-time Super Bowl champion Rodney Harrison.

Mike Tirico will host Sunday night's "Football Night in America," the most-watched weekly studio show in sports, from the "SNF" game site. Tirico will be joined on site by Collinsworth and Tafoya.

Tirico recently joined NBC Sports Group after 25 years at ESPN, where he spent the past decade as the play-by-play voice of "Monday Night Football."

Costas and Tirico will both be on-site in Arizona for "FNIA" leading into the season premiere of "SNF" on Sunday, Sept. 11. Costas will also work on select Sunday "FNIA" telecasts during the season, as well as on the pregame show for the season-opening "NFL Kickoff" game on Thursday, Sept. 8.

Dan Patrick co-hosts "Football Night" from NBC Sports Group's International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Connecticut, joined by Dungy, Harrison, and Mike Florio of "Pro Football Talk" on NBCSN, NBCSports.com and NBC Sports Radio. NFL insider Peter King will contribute stories and information to "FNIA" and "TNF."

NBC begins its 11th consecutive season as the primetime broadcast home of the NFL.  In the 2016 season, NBC will broadcast 28 NFL games - 19 regular-season games as part of "SNF" package (17 regular-season games, "NFL Kickoff" 2016, and the annual Thanksgiving night game), five primetime regular-season Thursday games as part of a new two-year agreement, two NFL playoff games, and two primetime preseason games. NBC Sports will also produce four "TNF" games to be televised on NFL Network, two of which will be called by Tirico and Doug Flutie due to schedule conflicts for Michaels and Collinsworth.

NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app will live-stream "SNF" and "TNF" games to desktops and tablets for authenticated pay-TV subscribers via TV Everywhere. The full HD-quality video stream will come directly from NBC's broadcasts. Powered by Playmaker Media, the NBC Sports app is available on Apple iOS, Android and select Samsung devices, as well as on Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Win10 and Xbox. (Note: NBC Sports does not have NFL live streaming rights to mobile devices.)

For the historic fifth consecutive September-May television season, "SNF" finished as television's No. 1 primetime show in household rating (13.0) and viewership (22.5 million average), as well as the coveted adult 18-49 demographic (8.0), based on live plus same day data from The Nielsen Company (September-May). "SNF" is one of only four shows since 1950 to rank No. 1 in primetime for five consecutive TV seasons.

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