Let’s provide what CBS, Fox and ESPN will cover on their pregame shows today and tomorrow. We begin with the NFL Today and quotes from CBS over today’s action.
“THE NFL TODAY” FEATURES STORY ON PITTSBURGH STEELERS’ COMMITMENT TO HEROES OF UNITED FLIGHT 93 ON SUNDAY, NOV. 28THE NFL ON CBS, broadcasting its 51st year of the NFL, continues its 2010 NFL season on Sunday, Nov. 28 (1:00-7:00 PM, ET) beginning with THE NFL TODAY (12:00 Noon-1:00 PM, ET), live from THE NFL TODAY studio in the CBS Broadcast Center in New York City.On Sunday, Nov. 28 (12:00 Noon, ET) THE NFL TODAY features a special Thanksgiving weekend story on the Pittsburgh Steelers and their commitment to the memory of the people on board United Flight 93 who heroically made the ultimate sacrifice in fighting back against hijackers of their plane on September 11, 2001. On that September day, 40 ordinary people became heroes when they prevented their plane from reaching Washington, D.C. as United Flight 93 crashed in a grassy field in Shanksville, Pa. less than 100 miles from Pittsburgh. In the days following the crash, the Pittsburgh Steelers went to pay their respects and provide whatever comfort they could to the families of the passengers and crew, and the people of the community. Now, nine years later, 40 former Steelers led by four-time Super Bowl Champion and former Vietnam War veteran Rocky Bleier stand in unison with the families of the 40 heroes to honor the memory of those on board and to create a “Flight 93 National Memorial” in Shanksville. Deb Gelman is the producer.In addition to THE NFL TODAY’s feature on the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Nov. 28 (12:00 Noon, ET), THE NFL TODAY welcomes Victoria’s Secret model Lily Aldridge live on the set to pick against the guys and preview THE VICTORIA’S SECRET FASHION SHOW on CBS on Tuesday, Nov. 30 (10:00 PM).James Brown hosts THE NFL TODAY, along with analysts Dan Marino, Boomer Esiason, Shannon Sharpe and Bill Cowher, NFL TODAY “General Manager” Charley Casserly, as well as Lesley Visser and Sam Ryan reporting.Eric Mann is senior producer and Bob Matina is director of THE NFL TODAY.
And today, CBS will air its 5,000th NFL game over a 51 year span with the league.
THE NFL ON CBS: WEEK 12 (SUNDAY, NOV. 28)AUDIBLES WITH PRESIDENT, CBS NEWS AND SPORTS SEAN McMANUS AND LEAD “NFL ON CBS” PLAY-BY-PLAY ANNOUNCER JIM NANTZ5 0 0 0The CBS Television Network continues its 51st year broadcasting the NFL with coverage of THE NFL ON CBS on Sunday, Nov. 28 (1:00-7:00 PM, ET) beginning with THE NFL TODAY, the Network’s NFL studio show (12:00 NOON-1:00 PM, ET) respectively, live from THE NFL TODAY studio in New York City.On Sunday, THE NFL ON CBS broadcasts its 5,000th game in its 51-year history of covering the NFL. Gus Johnson and Steve Tasker call the Network’s historic game, Miami Dolphins-Oakland Raiders, live from Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. Victor Frank produces and Mark Grant directs.Throughout the 2010 season, THE NFL ON CBS will broadcast all of its games each week in HDTV, the highest definition television format – 1080i lines of picture resolution – along with 5.1 digital audio.Sean McManus is President, CBS News and Sports, and serves as executive producer of CBS Sports’ coverage of THE NFL ON CBS. Harold Bryant is Vice President, Production, CBS Sports.* * * * *THE NFL ON CBS’s first regular-season game was broadcast on September 30, 1956 between the Washington Redskins and Pittsburgh Steelers. Pittsburgh won at home, 30-13. Jim Gibbons and Arch McDonald provided play-by-play and analysis for the Redskins audience, while Joe Tucker and Bob Prince called the game for the Steelers audience.SEAN McMANUS(On THE NFL ON CBS’s 5,000th game): When you think of all the television firsts and the great broadcasters that have called all those games for CBS Sports, it is a tremendous contribution to sports television history. We are extremely proud to be broadcasting our 5,000th NFL game. And we look forward to broadcasting our next 5,000.JIM NANTZ(On history of THE NFL ON CBS and its 5,000th game): It’s a staggering number that gives one perspective on the full breadth of CBS’s long-running and close partnership with the NFL since television and professional football merged on CBS in 1956.I grew up as a young kid totally enchanted by the way CBS presented the NFL. It was part of the reason as a young boy I made the declaration to my father that I wanted to work for CBS Sports. Watching those old NFL championship games at Lambeau Field, the first Super Bowl and listening to Ray Scott, Pat Summerall and Jack Whitaker, they were all heroes to me. There is a long, impressive roster of Hall of Fame announcers who have been associated with CBS Sports’ presentation of the NFL at some time during this 5,000-game span. It’s an All-Star list that includes many of the guys calling games for other networks who called games for CBS at one time. It’s a great honor to be a part of the 5,000-game tradition and to sit in the booth that was once manned by Pat Summerall, John Madden, Tom Brookshier, Jack Whitaker, Ray Scott, the often overlooked and unheralded Frank Glieber, Verne Lundquist, Greg Gumbel, Vin Scully, Hank Stram, Jack Buck – all giants. To have the chance to sit in the same booth, same Sunday afternoon time slot, it’s a tremendous honor and I’m so proud of our legacy. Through all the games, including the Super Bowls we produced and broadcast, we delivered a very powerful message. CBS has a lot to do with the explosion and popularity of the game and we’ve been there to tell the story for a long, long time.
Fox’s preview is next.