NBC Ramps Up Coverage for NFL Kick-off Today
NBC Sports Group will surround the 2013 NFL season, which kicks off one week from today on NBC, with multi-platform coverage across its unprecedented portfolio of assets. NFL coverage will include live game presentation on NBC with Sunday Night Football, the No. 1 show in Primetime TV; pre-game coverage on NBC with Football Night in America, the most watched pre-game show in sports; live streaming of Sunday Night Football for desktops and tablets on NBC Sports Live Extra; daily studio coverage on NBCSN with Pro Football Talk; weekly programming on NBCSN with Emmy Award-nominated NFL Turning Point; daily radio coverage on 339 NBC Sports Radio affiliates across the United States; local team coverage on 11 NBC Sports Regional Networks; comprehensive fantasy football coverage on NBCSN with Fantasy Football Live - Thursday Night!, and online through Rotoworld.com; and additional digital and social media content.
NFL KICKOFF 2013 AND SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
The NFL opens the regular season on Thursday, Sept. 5, with NFL Kickoff 2013 on NBC. Joe Flacco and the defending Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens travel to Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colo., to face Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in a rematch of the 2012 AFC Divisional Playoff game. A pre-game concert will feature performances by Grammy Award-winning artist Keith Urban, from a specially constructed stage floating in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Coverage begins on NBC at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Sunday Night Football, the No. 1 Primetime show on television, kicks off on Sunday, Sept. 8, when Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys host Eli Manning and the New York Giants from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET with Football Night in America, the most-watched pre-game show in sports.
Calling both games is seven-time Emmy Award-winner Al Michaels (play-by-play), in his 28th season as The Voice of the NFL's premier Primetime package; 14-time Emmy Award-winner Cris Collinsworth, who has won the Emmy for Outstanding Event Analyst in each of his four seasons in the Sunday Night Football booth; and Emmy Award-winning sideline reporter Michele Tafoya.
NBC's coverage of NFL Kickoff 2013 and Sunday Night Football is led by Emmy Award-winning producer Fred Gaudelli and Emmy Award-winning director Drew Esocoff. Sunday Night Football has won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Sports Series for five consecutive years.
Country music superstar Carrie Underwood, will perform "Waiting All Day for Sunday Night", the opening theme for Sunday Night Football, on Sunday, Sept. 8 on NBC's first SNF broadcast of the 2013 NFL season. The opening theme will continue each week kicking off Sunday Night Football throughout the NFL season on NBC.
Football Night in America, the most-watched pre-game show in sports, is hosted by 25-time Emmy Award-winner Bob Costas, who will report from Sports Authority Field at Mile High, on Thursday, and AT&T Stadium, on Sunday. Costas will be joined on site by Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, and two-time Super Bowl winner Hines Ward.
Dan Patrick co-hosts Football Night from Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Thursday night, and from NBC's famed Studio 8H at 30 Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday night. Patrick will be joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, Peter King of Sports Illustrated, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN and NBCSports.com, and longtime NFL front office veteran and former NFL Executive of the Year Scott Pioli.
Michelle Beadle will host the concert portion of NFL Kickoff 2013 on NBC. As part of the NFL's Kickoff 2013 celebration, Big Machine Records recording artist and winner of Season 4 of NBC's The Voice Danielle Bradberry will sing the National Anthem live from Denver.
In addition to the weekly Sunday Night Football and Football Night in America broadcasts, NBC Sports Group's NFL coverage also includes digital content and social media extensions that are available online, as well as NFL-related shoulder programming available on NBCSN.
NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA
For the sixth consecutive season, the entire Sunday Night Football schedule will be streamed live online. NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group's live streaming product for desktops and tablets, will stream all SNF games televised on NBC. The video stream will come directly from NBC's broadcast of SNF, and will include additional camera angles and interactive features.
NBC Sports Live Extra employs a full HD-quality player, which includes a draggable picture-in-picture feature for any of the online-only cameras, plus full DVR functionality allowing the user to pause, scroll back-and-forth, and review plays in slo-motion.
For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for tablets is available at the App Store for iPad and iPod touch, and on select tablet devices within Google Play.
Sunday Night Football DIGITAL COVERAGE
Sunday Night Football ALL-ACCESS: For the third straight season, NBCSports.com is providing a destination for fans dedicated to behind-the-scenes content of Sunday Night Football. SNF All-Access includes exclusive photos and videos of the Sunday Night Football production, look-ins on SNF production meetings, Michele Tafoya "Ten With Tafoya" interviews with key NFL players, and a weekly notebook and conversations with SNF and FNIA talent.
Visit SNF All-Access at: http://snfallaccess.nbcsports.com/
Sunday Night Football SOCIAL MEDIA:
· SNF ON FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SNFonNBC - Over 1 million LIKES strong, The Sunday Night Football Facebook page provides links, photos and videos exclusive to behind-the-scenes at SNF every week. The page aggregates all SNF-related content found within the NBC Sports digital network, including NBCSports.com, SNF All Access, ProFootballTalk.com, and Rotoworld.com.
· SNF ON TWITTER: twitter.com/SNFonNBC - For the second year in a row, Michele Tafoya will be sharing both Twitter updates and live video tweets from @SNFonNBC on the sideline exclusively for the SNF social media platforms, providing fans extended real-time content from Michele's unique sideline perspective. Using tweets, pictures, vine videos and twidvids @SNFonNBC provides unique content with SNF talent, production crew and NFL players.
In addition, each week @SNFonNBC will promote a guest player who will live tweet during the Sunday Night Football broadcast. On Thursday, Sept. 5, former Ravens C Matt Birk (@BirkMatt) will be the guest player. Birk was the starting Center for Baltimore's Super Bowl XLVII winning team. On Sunday, September 8, former Cowboys WR Drew Pearson (@DrewPearsonShow) will be the guest player. Pearson went into the Cowboys Ring of Honor in 2011. The tweets from the guest player will automatically be pulled into the SNF Extra Player.
· SNF ON INSTAGRAM: Going into its third season, Sunday Night Football gives the SNF fan a look at photos through the filters of Instagram. Fans get a look inside the production trucks, the locker rooms, on the field and around the city. Fans also have the opportunity to submit photos through Instagram using #SNF that will automatically be curated into a special Instagram tab on the Sunday Night Football Facebook page.
Beginning with the Sunday Night Football opener on Sept. 8, the Sunday Night Football bus will travel to all 17 SNF games, arriving in each city two or three days prior to each game. The bus will make stops at local landmarks and events in each market before making its way to the game site for a full Sunday at the stadium, giving fans the opportunity to interact with America's most-watched Primetime television show.
The Sunday Night Football bus will incorporate exclusive activities and social media both inside and out. SNF's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts along with the #SNF hashtag will be displayed on the exterior. Once on the bus, fans and visitors can tweet and post photos of themselves in the broadcast positions occupied by Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth from a mock SNF studio.
Also, along for the ride will be four SNF "Fans of the Week" chosen based on their social media activity, team pride and SNF fandom. In each home market, the SNF "Fans of the Week" will be given a VIP experience that includes a trip on the bus and game tickets.
Fans who can't visit in person can "Follow The Bus" when it hits the road at NBCSports.com/FollowSNF, which will include an interactive map, a behind-the-scenes look at the Sunday Night Football crew and talent, plus content from the bus itself. Fans can also contribute to the map by uploading their own photos sharing and showing their SNF and team pride.
THE SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
For the second consecutive season NBC Sports will present The Sunday Night Football, a custom made football from Wilson, which will travel with the SNF crew all season long. Fans of SNF on Facebook and Twitter will be able to keep up with The Sunday Night Football on the SNF Facebook page, follow its path through each city and recommend where it should visit while in town. In addition, fans can visit NBCSports.com/FollowSNF.
At the end of each SNF game, "The Sunday Night Football" will be signed by the player of the game. Photos, video and stories around The Sunday Night Football and its travels will live on Facebook, Twitter, and SNF All-Access.
NFL Turning Point SEASON PREMIERE WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 11,
10 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
The third season of Emmy-nominated NFL Turning Point, NBCSN's weekly show co-produced by NFL Films, will debut Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 10 p.m. ET and will be hosted by Football Night in America's Dan Patrick. The hour-long program will air throughout the NFL regular season and will focus on the crucial 'turning point' moment in several games for football fans each week by utilizing NFL Films' unmatched cinematography and sideline and on-field audio.
PRO FOOTBALL TALK ON NBCSN
WEEKNIGHTS, 5:30 P.M. ET