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Another year, another Super Bowl, another ridiculous amount of television coverage.
The Super Bowl Twister arrow has been spun around once again, and this year it lands on the blue circle of CBS, who today will provide coverage of Super Bowl XLVII (47), and will feature more coverage then ever, on and off the field. CTV and RDS will be provide English and French coverage respectively.
Here is a breakdown and timeline of today’s coverage from the plethora of networks covering the Harbowl™ from New Orleans. All times are Eastern.
- 7am — NFL Network — First on the Field
- 9am–5:30pm — NFL Network — NFL Gameday Morning
- 10am–2pm — TSN — ESPN Sunday NFL Countdown
- Chris Berman hosts the four-hour Super Bowl edition of Countdown from New Orleans with analysts Tedy Bruschi, Cris Carter, Trent Dilfer, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, Ron Jaworski, Keyshawn Johnson and Jerry Rice. Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden and Young will join the show from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter will also contribute reports.
- 11am — CBS / CTV — Road to the Superbowl
- Road to the Superbowl is NFL Films’ annual look back at the greatest sights and sounds of the 2012-13 NFL season. The one-hour special features the best of nearly 100 players and coaches wired for sound, focusing on the most exciting moments and the best teams on the journey to New Orleans.
- 12pm — CTV — Road to the Playoffs
- An inside look at the past season and how each team made it to the playoffs.
- 1pm — CTV — Sportscentre’s Top 10 Super Bowl Moments
- 1:30pm — CTV — Top 50 NFL Plays of 2012-13
- 2pm — CBS / CTV — The Super Bowl Today
- Originating live from three separate sites in New Orleans, CBS’ James Brown, Dan Marino, Boomer Esiason, Shannon Sharpe, and Bill Cowher, along with Greg Gumbel, anchor the pre-game show previewing all the football and excitement leading up to Super Bowl XLVII. NFL Insider Jason La Canfora, reporters Lesley Visser, Steve Tasker, and Solomon Wilcots, will also cover the pre-game activities. CBS Evening News host Scott Pelley will interview President Barack Obama at 4:30pm from the White House.
- 6pm — CBS / CTV / RDS — Super Bowl Kickoff Show
- Alicia Keys sings the National Anthem as part of the pre-game festivities, and Jennifer Hudson sings American the Beautiful, joined by the Sandy Hook Elementary School chorus.
- 6:25pm — CBS / CTV / RDS — Super Bowl XLVII
- Jim Nantz will call his third title game (2007 and 2010) while Sunday marks the seventh Super Bowl for Phil Simms, which ranks him behind only John Madden among Super Bowl television analysts. Steve Tasker (Niners) and Solomon Wilcotts (Ravens) will serve as sideline reporters.
- Beyoncé performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show.
- 10pm — CBS Sports Network — Super Bowl Today Post-Game Show
- CBS will air its first-ever extended post-game show. The show is scheduled to last an hour after the trophy presentation.
- 10pm — NFL Network — NFL Gameday Final
RADIO: The Super Bowl can be heard on TSN Radio in Toronto, Montreal and Winnipeg; and Team 1410 Vancouver and Team 1200 in Ottawa.
ONLINE: For the first time ever, Canadians can stream the game online and for free on CTV.ca
CBS’ COVERAGE: CBS will have 62 cameras for the game (they usually use between 9 and 12 for a regular season game) including aerial cameras, unmanned cameras and five high-speed cameras. The high-speed “Heyeper Zoom” cameras capture video at a frame rate of 300–500 frames per second. CBS will also introduce a brand-new graphics package.
COMMERCIALS: Chances are you know someone (read: wife, girlfriend, etc.) who only cares about the commercials. Depending on where you live in Canada, and how or from who you get your television stations, the US commercials — that are nearly an entity as big as the game itself — won’t be seen on Canadian screens due to sim-subbing. It’s an issue that comes up so much every February, the CRTC has a webpage explaining why you won’t see them on CBS. There will be plenty of sites on the Interweb where you can view the commercials though.
WINNER: I’m a Green Bay Packers fan, so obviously I’d prefer to see an NFC team win it. Also, if I have to see that idiot Ray Lewis do his stupid Elaine Benes-type dance again, I’ll stab myself in the eye with a cocktail fork. Who you got?
EDIT by Josh: Might as well add in my contrarian view. I’ve got the Ravens winning 24-23. I’m a big fan of Ray Rice and Ed Reed, so that’s what is behind my choice. Also there’s OJ Brigrance, who’s a great story and has a Canadian connection (he won a Grey Cup). Would be fitting for Kaepernick to get it done after an incredible year for rookie NFL quarterbacks though.
This year marked the first in the NFL’s new initiative to play games on most Thursday nights during the regular season. NFL Network’s package expanded from 8 to 13. NBC added a Thanksgiving night game. Add in the season opener (which was actually on a Wednesday because of a political convention) and there was weekday football every week this season until now. There are no Thursday night games in weeks 16 or 17.
Many of the games, which air on league-owned NFL Network in the States, were duds. The best matchup was probably the very first when bitter rivals Chicago and Green Bay played in week 2. The Packers won 23-10, but the Bears turned out to have a good season as well. They are tied for the last NFC wildcard spot. Who knew on October 18 that the Seahawks and 49ers would play each other on national television again two months later? This week they play on Sunday Night Football. Aside from those two, there have been no Thursday Night games this year that featured teams that now have .500 or better records. Three times teams who both have sub-.500 records met.
Of course it isn’t entirely the NFL’s fault for poor scheduling. Who knew that Cam Newton would be so bad that he’d throw three picks and his Panthers would get destroyed by the defending Super Bowl champion Giants in week 3? Who knew that New Orleans would have a mediocre season, taking some of the buzz away from the NFL Network’s second most buzzworthy matchup against the Falcons? Who knew that the Eagles would completely collapse after September taking any buzz away from their matchup against the Bengals? All of those games looked like quality national television matchups in August. Even NBC got in on the underachieving party as the hapless Jets got blown out by New England on Thanksgiving.
It wasn’t all bad for the Thursday night experiment though. Many of the games early on were decided by less than a touchdown, although the same can’t be said for those in November and December. The Titans upsetting the Steelers in October was memorable. Other than that, and maybe the Bucs beating the Vikings, they’re weren’t any upsets all year in an NFL season filled with parity.
Personally I see no harm in having Thursday night games, even if the Browns played the Jaguars every week. They give fans a chance to see their favourite team on national TV one more time per year. Every team played once on Thursday this year (the Giants and Cowboys did twice including the Wednesday night opener). That seems fair to me.
Of course the NFL is mostly concerned with ratings. It seems that in America, the ratings are doing just fine. Despite carriage issues with NFL Network in some markets, Thursday Night Football won the night on cable every week. In Canada I only have ratings for November and December available to me now. It is worth noting that three of the four games in October aired on Sportsnet One due to the MLB playoffs, so this takes into account 7 of the 11 games that aired on the main Sportsnet channels. Those seven games averaged 336, 000 viewers. That’s not as impressive as the late Sunday games, which regularly bring in close to half a million for Citytv alone. It is also not as impressive as the Sunday or Monday nighters, which are averaging 533, 000 and 521, 000 viewers on TSN over the same time period. The highest rated Thursday game was 421, 000 for Miami @ Buffalo (only one other topped 400, 000 viewers). Those two games only beat one Monday night game and no Sunday night games since November 1.
Having said all that, Thursday night games still do better in the Canadian ratings than many scripted cable shows and every NBA regular season game. Especially considering the NHL lockout, they are valuable sports programming.
CTV has three games this weekend. TSN2 doesn’t have a game because of the final NASCAR race of the season in Miami. A lot of the American stations have switched games lately.
Thursday November 15
8:30pm, Miami Dolphins (4-5) @ Buffalo Bills (3-6)
Sportsnet, RDS (Brad Nessler & Mike Mayock)
Sunday November 18
1:00pm, Green Bay Packers (6-3) @ Detroit Lions (4-5)
CTV Ontario, Winnipeg, Saskatchewan (Joe Buck & Troy Aikman)
1:00pm, Cleveland Browns (2-7) @ Dallas Cowboys (4-5)
CTV Alberta, British Columbia (Greg Gumbel & Dan Dierdorf)
1:00pm, New York Jets (3-6) @ St. Louis Rams (3-5-1)
CTV Atlantic, Montreal (Ian Eagle & Dan Fouts)
4:25pm, Indianapolis Colts (6-3) @ New England Patriots (6-3)
Citytv Toronto; SN East, West, Pacific (Jim Nantz & Phil Simms)
4:25pm, San Diego Chargers (4-5) @ Denver Broncos (6-3)
Citytv Winnipeg, Alberta, Vancouver; SN Ontario; RDS2 (Kevin Harlan & Solomon Wilcots)
8:30pm, Baltimore Ravens (7-3) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (6-3)
TSN, RDS (Al Michaels & Cris Collinsworth)
Monday November 19
8:30pm, Chicago Bears (7-2) @ San Francisco 49ers (6-2-1)
TSN, RDS (Mike Tirico & Jon Gruden)