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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)
There’s no game on TSN2 this week, due to NASCAR. Also, the Thursday night game is on Sportsnet ONE this week (and potentially next week) because of the World Series on Sportsnet.
Thursday October 25
8:30pm, Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Minnesota Vikings – Sportsnet ONE, RDS2
Sunday October 28
1:00pm, New England Patriots v. St. Louis Rams (from London) – CTV Atlantic, Montreal
1:00pm, Washington Redskins @ Pittsburgh Steelers – CTV Toronto, Ottawa, N. Ontario, Saskatchewan; RDS2
1:00pm, Seattle Seahawks @ Detroit Lions – CTV Kitchener, Alberta, BC
1:00pm, Jacksonville Jaguars @ Green Bay Packers – CTV Winnipeg
4:05pm, Oakland Raiders @ Kansas City Chiefs – SN Ontario, West, Pacific
4:25pm, New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys – Citytv; SN East; RDS
8:30pm, New Orleans Saints @ Denver Broncos – TSN, RDS2
Monday October 29
8:30pm, San Francisco 49ers @ Arizona Cardinals – TSN, RDS2
Here is a link to the American listings on the506 (which includes commentators, for those interested).
I don’t know if I will get a chance to post anything else this week, so here is a list of NFL games on this weekend, at the least. Lots of good games on this weekend.
Thursday October 18
8:30pm, Seattle Seahawks @ San Francisco 49ers – SN1, RDS2
Sunday October 21
1:00pm, Baltimore Ravens @ Houston Texans – CTV Ottawa, N. Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta, BC; RDS
1:00pm, Washington Redskins @ New York Giants – CTV Atlantic, Montreal
1:00pm, Arizona Cardinals @ Minnesota Vikings – CTV Winnipeg
1:00pm, Tennessee Titans @ Buffalo Bills – CTV Toronto, Kitchener
1:00pm, Green Bay Packers @ St. Louis Rams – TSN2
4:25pm, New York Jets @ New England Patriots – Citytv; SN East; RDS
4:25pm, Jacksonville Jaguars @ Oakland Raiders – SN Ontario, West, Pacific
8:30pm, Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cincinnati Bengals – TSN, RDS2
Monday October 22
8:30pm, Detroit Lions @ Chicago Bears – TSN, RDS2
A new NFL season kicks off tonight. Here is the Canadian TV schedule for this weekend. Usually Sportsnet will have Thursday Night Football and Sunday 4pm ET games (along with Citytv). TSN will have Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football. CTV and TSN2 will have Sunday 1pm ET games.
Wednesday September 5
8:30pm, Dallas Cowboys @ New York Giants – TSN
Sunday September 9
1:00pm, New England Patriots @ Tennessee Titans – CTV Atlantic, Montreal, Alberta, BC
1:00pm, Buffalo Bills @ New York Jets – CTV Toronto, Kitchener
1:00pm, Indianapolis Colts @ Chicago Bears – CTV Ottawa, Northern Ontario, Saskatchewan
1:00pm, Jacksonville Jaguars @ Minnesota Vikings – CTV Winnipeg
1:00pm, Washington Redskins @ New Orleans Saints – TSN2
4:15pm, San Francisco 49ers @ Green Bay Packers – Citytv; SN East
4:15pm, Carolina Panthers @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers – SN Ontario, West, Pacific
8:30pm, Pittsburgh Steelers @ Denver Broncos – TSN
Monday September 10
7:00pm, Cincinnati Bengals @ Baltimore Ravens – TSN
10:15pm, San Diego Chargers @ Oakland Raiders – TSN
CTV and NBC have both sent out press releases with details of their respective broadcasts of the Super Bowl on Sunday. Of course CTV will show NBC’s coverage. I know many Canadians want to see the ads on NBC, more on that later. Here is an overview of the schedule on Super Bowl Sunday.
With the Vince Lombardi trophy on the line, CTV showcases one of the biggest spectacles in all of professional sports with exclusive Canadian coverage of SUPER BOWL XLVI featuring Tom Brady and the New England Patriots taking on Eli Manning and the New York Giants in a rematch of SUPER BOWL XLII.
CTV’s coverage of SUPER BOWL XLVI airs nationally in High Definition on Feb. 5 beginning at 12 noon ET with six hours of pre-game programming on SUPER BOWL Sunday (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times).
TSN2 kicks off coverage of SUPER BOWL XLVI with a four-hour championship edition of SUNDAY NFL COUNTDOWN at 10 a.m. ET, while RDS has French-language coverage of the big game beginning on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. ET.
Last year’s SUPER BOWL broadcast was the most-watched ever in Canada with a combined television audience of 7.3 million viewers on CTV and RDS*.
Fans can also listen to live Canadian radio coverage of SUPER BOWL XLVI exclusively on TSN Radio 1050 in Toronto, TSN Radio 990 in Montreal, and TSN Radio 1290 in Winnipeg, along with on Team 1410 in Vancouver and Team 1200 in Ottawa.
Quote from Phil King, President, CTV Programming and Sports:
There is no bigger party, no bigger showcase of pro sports and pop culture than the SUPER BOWL, and CTV is very proud to bring the NFL’s biggest stage to football fans across the country.
Sunday NFL Countdown on TSN2 (10am-2pm ET):
Covering his 30th SUPER BOWL, Chris Berman hosts the special four-hour edition of SUNDAY NFL COUNTDOWN from Pan AM Plaza with analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson and Keyshawn Johnson. The MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL team of Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden and Ron Jaworski joins the crew from Lucas Oil Stadium with Super Bowl champions Tedy Bruschi, Trent Dilfer, Jerry Rice and Steve Young. NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter also contribute reports throughout the day.
Super Bowl on NBC Pregame:
In addition to Costas, NBC Sports’ Sunday Night Football team of Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya, and Football Night in America team of Dan Patrick, Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison, Peter King and Mike Florio will contribute to the pre-game coverage, with taped interviews and live on-site commentary and analysis. Liam McHugh, Alex Flanagan and Randy Moss will report from the team hotels, Doug Flutie will appear in field-set segments, and The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore will provide reports on the weather and event atmosphere.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward, two Super Bowl MVPs who each played in last year’s game, will join NBC Sports’ coverage as guest analysts. Ward, who has played in three Super Bowls and won two, was named MVP of Super Bowl XL when he made five catches for 123 yards and a touchdown in the Steelers 21-10 win over the Seattle Seahawks. Rodgers, who is an NFL MVP candidate this season, passed for 304 yards and three touchdowns in last year’s Super Bowl, helping the Packers defeat Ward’s Steelers, 31-25, and earning him the MVP award.
Super Bowl Pregame on NBC Features:
Road to the Super Bowl: Kicking off NBC Sports’ six hours of pre-game coverage at Noon ET is NFL Films’ Road to the Super Bowl. How did the New York Giants and New England Patriots advance to Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis? Re-live the journey as only NFL Films can present it. Road to the Super Bowl begins with Kickoff Weekend and chronicles the 2011 NFL season utilizing NFL Films’ signature captivating video and sound from on the field, and in the locker room from exclusive player and coach wirings.
Hotel & Arrival Reports: Randy Moss will provide updates from the Patriots team hotel, while Alex Flanagan will report from the Giants hotel. They will also report on their respective teams’ arrival at the stadium.
Field Set: Doug Flutie (playing quarterback), Cris Collinsworth (wide receiver), and Rodney Harrison (defensive back) will analyze the play of Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz and Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, acting out the X’s and O’s on the field of Lucas Oil Stadium.
Hometown Hero: How does a player get to the Super Bowl? NBC Sports will visit the hometowns of five of Sunday’s featured players — Eli Manning and Jason Pierre-Paul of the Giants, and Tom Brady, Aaron Hernandez and Wes Welker of the Patriots – by speaking with the people who made an early impact on their lives, including former coaches, teachers and neighborhood friends.
Steve Gleason: Peter King tells the story of former New Orleans Saints special teams standout Steve Gleason, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2011. Gleason famously blocked the punt that led to an early touchdown the night the Saints returned to the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina. King chronicles the challenges facing Gleason and his family while battling the debilitating muscular disease.
Vince Wilfork: Get ready, America. Here come the Wilforks. NBC Sports visits the home of New England defensive lineman Vince Wilfork, and discovers the surprising personalities behind one the fiercest players in the league.
Mathias Kiwanuka: NBC Sports examines the compelling story of Giants linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka, who grew up in Indianapolis and graduated from Cathedral High School, located roughly 10 miles from Lucas Oil Stadium. However, Kiwanuka’s true roots extend back to Africa and the compelling story of his grandfather, Benedicto Kiwanuka, the first prime minister of Uganda, and a man assassinated by the regime of notorious dictator Idi Amin while he served as Amin’s chief justice in 1972.
Behind the Quarterbacks: NBC Sports will examine the people behind Sunday’s successful quarterbacks by interviewing Eli Manning’s parents, Archie and Olivia, and Tom Martinez, who has served as Tom Brady’s mentor and personal quarterback coach since high school.
Additional Features & Interviews: In addition to the aforementioned features, additional pieces will air on wide receivers Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz of the Giants, and tight end Rob Gronkowski and punter Zoltan Mesko of the Patriots.
Helmet Catch: Bob Costas interviews live former Patriots safety and current NBC Sports analyst Rodney Harrison along with former New York Giants wide receiver David Tyree, two men who are forever linked in NFL history due to Tyree’s famous and improbable “helmet catch” in Super Bowl XLII.
Commissioner Goodell: An excerpt from Bob Costas’ one-on-one interview with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell from Thursday night’s Costas Tonight: Live from the Super Bowl will air.
NFL Turning Point: The NBC Sports Network program, which normally highlights the “turning point” of a game by utilizing NFL Films’ unsurpassed access and production, will examine the “turning point” of the season for both the Giants and Patriots.
Interviews: During the two weeks leading up to the game, NBC Sports conducted extensive interviews with Super Bowl XLVI players and coaches:
- Bob Costas interviews Tom Brady
- Dan Patrick interviews Eli Manning
- Tony Dungy sits with Tom Coughlin and visits with Victor Cruz at his former Paterson, N.J. home.
- Rodney Harrison interviews his former coach, Bill Belichick, and goes on the field with Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez.
- Al Michaels visits with Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who has dedicated this season to his wife Myra, who passed away in 2011.
- NBC News’ Matt Lauer will interview President Barack Obama from The White House during a special pre-game edition of TODAY airing late Sunday afternoon
Calling the SUPER BOWL are multi-Emmy Award-winners Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth providing play-by-play commentary and game analysis, while reporter Michele Tafoya delivers news from the sidelines at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. Michaels and Collinsworth, who are calling their first SUPER BOWL together, were recently named the best NFL game announcers in a USA Today readers’ poll. Michaels has previously called the NFL’s championship game eight times, while Collinsworth has been in the broadcast booth for SUPER BOWL twice before.
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