NBC Sports Super Bowl XLIX Press Conference – Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 5 p.m. ET/3 p.m. MT at Super Bowl Media Center in Phoenix
Super Bowl XLIX Conference Call – Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 2:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. MT
Super Bowl Pre-Game Show Conference Call – Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 3 p.m. ET/1 p.m. MT
STAMFORD, Conn. – Jan. 22, 2015 – NBC Sports has announced its media schedule for Super Bowl week, leading into NBC’s presentation of Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, Feb. 1 from University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona. In addition, the NBC Sports Super Bowl XLIX Media Guide is now available with information on NBC’s coverage, production, broadcast talent, and much more.
Following is NBC Sports’ media schedule for Super Bowl week:
|Date||NBC Sports Media Event||Time (ET)||Time (MT)||Location/Phone & Passcode|
|Tues., Jan. 27||SB XLIX Conf. Call||2:30 p.m.||12:30 p.m.||785-830-1926; 8679918|
|Tues., Jan. 27||SB XLIX Press Conference||5 p.m.||3 p.m.||Super Bowl Media Center|
|Wed., Jan. 28||SB Pre-Game Show Conf. Call||3 p.m.||1 p.m.||719-457-2646; 5988356|
**NOTE: Glendale is located in the Mountain Time Zone. All times are listed in both Mountain Standard Time and Eastern Standard Time. Mountain Standard Time is two hours behind Eastern Standard Time.**
NBC SPORTS SUPER BOWL XLIX PRESS CONFERENCE – TUESDAY, JAN. 27 AT 5 P.M. ET/3 P.M. MT
NBC Sports Group executives and producers will join members of the Super Bowl XLIX and Super Bowl Pre-Game Show broadcast teams for the NBC Sports’ Super Bowl XLIX press conference on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 5 p.m. ET/3 p.m. MT at the Super Bowl Media Center in Phoenix.
- o NBC Sports Group Executives and Producers (Mark Lazarus, Chairman; Sam Flood, Executive Producer; Fred Gaudelli, Super Bowl XLIX Producer; Drew Esocoff, Super Bowl XLIX Director)
- o Super Bowl XLIX Broadcast Team (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya)
- o Members of the Super Bowl Pre-Game Show Broadcast Team (Bob Costas, Josh Elliott, Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison and Hines Ward)
- WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 5 p.m. ET/3 p.m. MT
- WHERE: Super Bowl Media Center, Press Conference Room “B”
SUPER BOWL XLIX CONFERENCE CALL – TUESDAY AT 2:30 P.M. ET/12:30 P.M. MT
NBC Sports’ Super Bowl XLIX broadcast team of Al Michaels (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (analyst), and Michele Tafoya (sideline reporter), and Super Bowl XLIX producer Fred Gaudelli will preview Super Bowl XLIX on a media conference call, Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 2:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. MT.
- WHO: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya, producer Fred Gaudelli
- WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 2:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. MT
- NUMBER: 785-830-1926
- PASSCODE: 8679918
SUPER BOWL PRE-GAME SHOW CONFERENCE CALL – WEDNESDAY AT 3 P.M. ET/1 P.M. MT
Members of NBC Sports’ Super Bowl Pre-Game Show broadcast team, featuring Dan Patrick (co-host), Tony Dungy (analyst), Rodney Harrison (analyst), and executive producer Sam Flood will preview Super Bowl XLIX on a media conference call on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 3 p.m. ET/1 p.m. MT.
- WHO: Dan Patrick, Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison, executive producer Sam Flood
- WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 3 p.m. ET/1 p.m. MT
- NUMBER: 719-457-2646
- PASSCODE: 5988356
The NBC Sports Super Bowl XLIX Media Guide is now available online, with comprehensive information on broadcasters and executives, as well as details regarding NBC’s broadcast of the game
Click here for NBC Sports Super Bowl XLIX Media Guide: http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.
–SUPER BOWL XLIX–
University of Phoenix Stadium
Embedded Reporters with Both Teams, Daily Player and Coach Interviews
Live Postgame Show Outside Stadium Immediately Following
Los Angeles – All eyes turn to greater Phoenix next week as the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks travel to the desert to square off in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, Feb. 1, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. In anticipation of the championship showdown, FOX Sports has all hands on deck, providing comprehensive on-site coverage for the week’s festivities in Arizona.
FOX Sports 1’s flagship studio programs AMERICA’S PREGAME and FOX SPORTS LIVE feature extended segments from a remote set outside the stadium in Glendale, Ariz., with host Joel Klatt and FOX Sports 1 NFL analysts Donovan McNabb, Randy Moss and Dave Wannstedt, breaking down all of the critical matchups and storylines surrounding the big game. Nightly reports come from embedded FOX Sports 1 NFL reporters Mike Garafolo (Seahawks) and Peter Schrager (Patriots), while current and former NFL stars also make guest appearances for interviews on set.
On Friday, the gang is joined for special appearances by FOX NFL SUNDAY analysts Terry Bradshaw and Howie Long, in addition to lead NFL on FOX game analyst Troy Aikman.
Capping off coverage for the week is an immediate Super Bowl postgame show following the game’s final moments that includes reaction from McNabb, Moss, Wannstedt and NFL on FOX game analyst John Lynch. Also included are press conferences from an array of podiums in addition to Garafolo and Schrager contributing from inside the stadium with live interviews from players and coaches from both sides.
FOX Sports GO, the app that provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content, carries all of FOX Sports 1’s Super Bowl programming during the week.
FOXSports.com features news, opinions, statistics and analysis surrounding the game, including the week’s top stories from FOXSports.com Senior NFL Writer Alex Marvez. @TheBuzzer, FOX Sports’ daily video series that features quick commentary on breaking news and hot topics, is on the scene for several of the week’s biggest events, including daily segments from Radio Row, in addition to extensive coverage of Tuesday’s Media Day.
FOX Deportes, the leading Spanish-language sports network presents CENTRAL FOX and FOX DEPORTES EN VIVO from Arizona starting Saturday, Jan. 24. CENTRAL FOX, the networks signature news program is super-sized for the Super Bowl. Hosted by Jose Pablo Coello and Ernesto del Valle provides around-the-clock coverage on top storylines and special interviews all week. Valeria Marin takes fans around the city and inside the media frenzy surrounding Super Bowl XLVI on FOX DEPORTES EN VIVO. FOX Sports GO will also carry all of FOX Deportes’ Super Bowl programming.
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- ESPN NFL Analysts and Insiders: ESPN’s commentator team in Scottsdale includes a group of former NFL players, coaches and team executives with a combined 31 Super Bowl appearances and 17 championship rings. Among them are Hall of Famers Cris Carter, Mike Ditka and Steve Young; Super Bowl champions Tedy Bruschi – who played for both Bill Belichick and Pete Carroll during his 13-year career with the Patriots, Trent Dilfer, Keyshawn Johnson, Ray Lewis, Mark Schlereth and active NFL player Ryan Clark; former Pro Bowl players Tom Jackson, Ron Jaworski and Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist and six-time NFL Executive of the Year Bill Polian.
- SportsCenter: Jay Crawford and Hannah Storm host weekday morning editions from Scottsdale, while John Anderson and Lindsay Czarniak cover weekday evenings. Neil Everett and Stan Verrett present late-night shows on Thursday and Friday, while Bram Weinstein, Sara Walsh, Storm, John Buccigross and Steve Levy will serve as weekend hosts. All shows originate from ESPN’s Super Bowl set at Scottsdale Fashion Square. Additionally, Levy will host segments from Tuesday’s Media Day at US Airways Center with NFL analysts Lewis and Bruschi.
- ESPN’s weekday studio shows NFL Insiders (3 p.m. ET) and NFL Live (4 p.m.) will originate from Scottsdale Fashion Square (Note: Tuesday’s NFL Insiders begins 3:30 p.m.). PTI with Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon (5:30 p.m., ESPN) First Take with Skip Bayless, Stephen A. Smith and Cari Champion (10 a.m., ESPN2 from The McCormick Hotel), and ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike, The Herd with Colin Cowherd, SVP & Russillo and Sedano & Stink will also originate from Scottsdale throughout the week. ESPN’s Super Bowl XLIX Programming Schedule.
- Mike & Mike: (M-F, 6-10 a.m. ET, simulcast on ESPN2): Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, hosts of ESPN Radio’s popular national morning show, will kick off ESPN’s Super Bowl week. The show will welcome special guest co-hosts Brian Urlacher (Tuesday), Charles Woodson (Thursday) and J.J. Watt (Friday).
- The Herd with Colin Cowherd: Cowherd will also be live with his daily radio show from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The Herd is simulcast daily on ESPNU.
- SVP & Russillo: Scott Van Pelt and Ryen Russillo will host the daily SVP & Russillo from 1-4 p.m. (simulcast on ESPNEWS until 2:30 p.m.) all week.
- Sedano & Stink: Hosts Jorge Sedano and ESPN NFL analyst and three-time Super Bowl champion Mark Schlereth will broadcast live from 7-10 p.m.
ESPN.com’s coverage of Super Bowl XLIX will be featured on Page 1, the main NFL page, NFL Nation, ESPN Insider and on Super Bowl Central. The site will provide analysis, commentary, breaking news and more throughout the week leading up to the game and in-depth game coverage. ESPN.com’s roster of journalists includes NFL senior writer John Clayton, senior writers Elizabeth Merrill, Jeffri Chadiha and Greg Garber, NFL Nation reporters Jeff Legwold, Mike Reiss, Terry Blount, Kevin Seifert, Josh Weinfuss and more. They will provide insight, commentary, breaking news and analysis of all facets of the Super Bowl XLIX matchup. Coverage highlights include:
- Quarterback Survey: Takeaways from a survey of current and former quarterbacks and an interactive map showing where current NFL QBs come from.
- The Missing Pieces: An interactive look at what stands between your team and contending for a Super Bowl.
- Mike Sando on how the Super Bowl teams were built.
- Elizabeth Merrill feature on Dean Blandino, the NFL’s Vice President of Officiating.
- Major Super Bowl prediction presentation that includes ESPN personalities, writers, celebrities and more.
- In-depth previews of the game from NFL Nation reporters.
- Instant postgame analysis, including Rapid Reactions, grades for each team and best-worsts for the game.
- Twitter vote: on Friday, Jan. 30, fans are asked to respond to the Verizon-sponsored question, #WhosGonnaWin. The fans’ choice will be revealed on the 6 p.m. ET edition of SportsCenter and posted on ESPN.com.
- The 2014 NFL Season in Pictures: ESPN’s social media team takes fans on a trip down memory lane, encapsulating the 2014 NFL season in 160 seconds. The video will air on NFL Live and other ESPN TV programs throughout Super Bowl week. It will also be posted on ESPN.com. 2013 version.
- Super Bowl Sunday’s Postseason NFL Countdown: ESPN’s social media team will tweet throughout the four-hour pregame show (10 a.m.-2 p.m.), leading up to the game. Follow @ESPNNFL.
- The game will be seen in HD in Australia, New Zealand, Spanish-speaking Latin America, Brazil, the Caribbean and Canada.
- Spanish language coverage features a team of seven reporters/analysts in Arizona: Alvaro Martin (play-by-play), Super Bowl-winning kicker Raul Allegre (analyst) and John Sutcliffe (sideline reporter) will call the Super Bowl, while Ciro Procuna, Eduardo Varela, Pablo Viruega and Mauricio Pedroza will host reports throughout daily NFL Semanal-Camino al Super Bowl specials, SportsCenter, Radio Formula, Nación ESPN, #Redes and Los Capitanes.
- Live coverage on Super Bowl Sunday in Latin America will begin at 1 p.m. ET with special SportsCenter and Toque Inicial shows followed by an extended pre-game NFL Esta Noche-Camino al Super Bowl leading into the live telecast of the Super Bowl at 5 p.m.
- Spanish digital coverage will feature ESPN commentator live chats, video and complete coverage from Arizona on ESPN.com and via social media on Facebook and Twitter, using #SB49xESPN.
- For the first time ever, the live broadcast of the Super Bowl will be available digitally throughout Spanish-Speaking Latin America on ESPN’s broadband player, ESPN Play.
- ESPN Brasil will feature Portuguese coverage with Everaldo Marques, Paulo Antunes and Andre Kfouri on the live Super Bowl XLIX broadcast and reporting for The Book is On the Table (daily Monday-Sunday), Abre and Pos Jogo (pre- and post-game show) and SportsCenter Brasil.
- Live coverage of the Super Bowl will begin in Australia and New Zealand at 10 a.m. local with extended pregame coverage including Postseason NFL Countdown live from Arizona.
- English-speaking ESPN networks in the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands will feature ESPN’s Postseason NFL Countdown and U.S. network coverage of Super Bowl XLIX.
- RDS Canada will provide French coverage beginning at 5 p.m.
- ESPN will distribute the Super Bowl to over 150 movie theaters located throughout Mexico and Brazil.
“Ninety-nine percent of America thought that this game was over. Ninety-nine percent of that team knew they were still in it.” – Brandon Marshall on Seattle’s Victory.
INSIDE THE NFL Premieres Tonight, Tuesday, Jan. 20 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME®
NEW YORK (Jan. 20, 2015) – This week’s installment of INSIDE THE NFL premieres tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME. Host Greg Gumbel is joined by expert analysts Phil Simms, Ed Reed and Chicago Bears Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall in-studio to discuss an action-packed week Championship Weekend.
Also featured on this week’s installment of INSIDE THE NFL are the Seattle Seahawks’ triumph, the wreckage of Green Bay’s season, and what it all means for history. As well as the role of the owner in NFL franchises, the New England Patriots’ outstanding performance and what the future holds for the Indianapolis Colts. Also, quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, Russell Wilson and more wired for sound.
Plus, don’t miss videos featuring six degrees of separation between Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick and exclusive reactions of Packers, Seahawks, Patriots and Colts across Manhattan during the most dramatic moments of Championship Weekend.
BELOW ARE SELECT HIGHLIGHTS FROM THIS WEEK’S EDITION
On Packers vs. Seahawks…
Phil Simms – “That loss, I think we all would agree, that is going to stick with them forever. And you think about Aaron Rodgers and Mike McCarthy–because we always talk about legacies–how this probably changes what we think of them when all it’s said and done … This thing is going to be part of history. We are going to be talking about it every year.
“Everything you can possibly do wrong, they did wrong … I’m giving Seattle tons of credit for what they did, but Green Bay gave it away.”
Brandon Marshall – “I was a hypocrite, man. I thought the game was over. But, I really believe that what we are seeing in that team is special. Last week I talked about how they loved each other. Now, the second part to this whole philosophy of being great is, you have to love what you do. And you saw [it], it wasn’t just Russell Wilson. It was Kam Chancellor, you have Earl Thomas, you have Richard Sherman, you have so many guys stepping up and saying, ‘You know what? This game isn’t over.’ Ninety-nine percent of America thought that this game was over. Ninety-nine percent of that team knew they were still in it. And that’s why they win the game.”
Phil Simms – “When you go watch them practice and you kind of hang around, you kind of get it. Because it is different … How their chemistry is so important to them. And I think we know that too, just by watching Pete Carroll on the sidelines, don’t we? That’s not fake. That’s Pete Carroll.”
On the Role of NFL Owners…
Phil Simms – “Nowadays, we see these owners that are more out-front than ever, and I really understand why. I really understand it in the National Football League. Because … how they [have] branded the League over the last 15 years has changed everything … All the money being spent, the popularity of the game… I think these owners, they [have] built an unbelievable thing and if they want to be out there in the front, good for them.”
Brandon Marshall – “I think it depends on the role they have outside of being the owner. You don’t want the owner to take ownership in football decisions if he’s not an expert. I think there are guys like Jerry Jones [Owner, President and General Manager of the Dallas Cowboys] that we can say he didn’t have that expertise at the beginning, but he may now … and he’s Executive of the Year … I don’t think you have to know football if you are an owner, you have to know people.
“Pat Bowlen in Denver, I remember when he used to come out to [the] practice field and he had his cowboys’ boots on and made everybody work harder. I looked at him … [and] I said, I want to win for that guy. And the same for the McCaskey’s, when I see Ms. [Virginia Halas] McCaskey, [when] I see George [McCaskey], I say, you know what? I don’t want to let those people down. When you have that type of relationship, where you shook his hand before, her hand, it makes you work a little harder.”
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Aikman: “I can’t imagine that Tom Brady did not know…my guess is that it was his request.”
Glazer: Colts Were Tipped Off By Baltimore Ravens
Reports continue to surface that the New England Patriots tampered with the air pressure of the footballs used in last Sunday’s 45-7 AFC Championship Game victory over the Indianapolis Colts. To address the various aspects of the controversy, FOX Sports NFL contributors Mike Pereira, Troy Aikman and Jay Glazer joined host Mike Hill on FOX Sports 1’s AMERICA’S PREGAME, Wednesday evening.
Former National Football League Vice President of Officiating and current NFL on FOX rules analyst Mike Pereira reviews the pregame protocols and says taking air out of the balls is by definition cheating: “Each game, 36 balls are brought into the officials’ locker room. Twelve from each team and then the home team provides 12 backup balls, if needed. The referee has a pump and a needle and with the help of the kicking ball coordinator, he checks them and if they’re between 12.5 and 13.5 pounds per square inch, he marks them and they’re good to go. They leave the locker room before the game and go into the hands of the ball boys, and the extra balls are put at the replay monitor where there is a guard standing by that monitor. Well, somebody got to somebody and took a couple of pounds out of those balls. It’s an extension, to me, of the cheating that has gone on in the league. This is cheating and this is something that the league doesn’t want. It’s bad enough that rules get taken advantage of and you kind of work against the intent of the rule, but this is cheating and it’s something that the league will deal with harshly.”
Lead NFL on FOX game analyst and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman doubts any changes could have been made to the balls without Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s approval: “I can’t imagine anyone doing anything to the footballs without the quarterback having knowledge of it. I know, based on my experience, how much effort went in to trying to get the balls game ready. Having them still fall within the guidelines of the NFL rules was challenging and there is no way that anyone would have done anything with the game balls without discussing it with me first. I can’t imagine that Tom Brady did not know that air had been taken out of the balls and my guess is that it was his request, it was the way he preferred to throw with them and that’s why it was done.”
NFL on FOX insider Jay Glazer details how the Colts were tipped off to New England’s use of this tactic and a perceived double standard when it comes to the NFL’s punishment of the Patriots: “The Indianapolis Colts were tipped off to this before the game ever even happened. Whether or not it was from the last time they had played New England or what I was told, that it was actually people from inside the Baltimore Ravens. The league was already tipped off, so they were already planning at halftime to inspect the balls. When they did, they found that many of them were deflated, but then they were inflated for the second half of the game. But that’s not the issue, the issue really is intent and how often the New England Patriots push the envelope and that is what the league has to now look at. It’s not whether or not it affected the game; it’s the fact of whether they intended to alter the rules for this playoff game. I will tell you this, down here at the Senior Bowl, it has been unanimous among owners, general managers and head coaches I talk to and they’re saying, ‘We’re sick of it, they always push the envelope. The league throws the book at us all the time, are they finally going to throw the book at the New England Patriots?’ I think what is going to happen now, you’re going to start having different teams trying to leak out anything they know, because a lot of people in the league look at it like, ‘There’s a double standard: We get in trouble, they don’t get in trouble.’”
Aikman discusses the Patriots history as repeat offenders and anticipates a significant punishment from the NFL: “It’s going to be a tough one for Roger Goodell to address. This is a team that has been caught cheating in the past and with past transgressions, the severity of whatever is handed down has to increase to some degree. To what extent that means, is it draft picks, is it fines, I don’t know. But it will be interesting to see what Roger Goodell decides to do. I think this is an organization that obviously has had a great deal of success and with that, it has been the focus of a lot of people with a lot of scrutiny, but they’ve brought a lot of that on themselves. As I said, they’ve been caught cheating in the past and if you want to look at what Roger has done in the past, when cheating has taken place, I believe that it will be swift and I believe that it will be severe.”
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NBC SPORTS GROUP ROLLS OUT ITS MOST COMPREHENSIVE SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN EVER TO PROMOTE NBC’S COVERAGE OF SUPER BOWL XLIX
NBC Sports to Employ “Social Central” Communications Hub for All Things Social
Arizona Cardinals DB Patrick Peterson to Serve as Social Media & Digital Correspondent
NBC Sports Group Teams With Internet Stars Dude Perfect to Present Football-Themed Trick-Shot Video
Around-The-Clock Coverage on All Social Platforms
NBC’s Coverage of Super Bowl XLIX Begins Sunday, Feb. 1, at Noon ET
STAMFORD, Conn. – Jan. 22, 2015 - NBC Sports Group will present its most comprehensive social media campaign ever to promote NBC’s coverage of Super Bowl XLIX, including around-the-clock coverage across all of NBC Sports’ social media platforms.
NBC will broadcast Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, Feb. 1 from Glendale, Ariz. Coverage kicks off at Noon ET.
NBC SPORTS “SOCIAL CENTRAL”: During Super Bowl week, the NBC Sports social media team will be everywhere from Media Day to the sidelines on Super Bowl Sunday, covering every moment and play of #SB49. During gameday, NBC Sports’ “Social Central” will be a communications hub for all things social, spanning from “Super Bowl Central,” NBC Sports Group’s primary home for studio programing during Super Bowl week, located in downtown Phoenix, Ariz., and University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., to NBC Sports Group’s International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn. Members of the NBC Sports social, digital, and marketing teams will be primed and ready to cover and react to any moment from pre-game through the final whistle and trophy presentation, including a social team member embedded with on-air production to relay any breaking news. Social media and digital content will be updated in real time.
PATRICK PETERSON TO SERVE AS SOCIAL MEDIA & DIGITAL CORRESPONDENT: Arizona Cardinals DB Patrick Peterson, a four-time Pro Bowler, will serve as NBC Sports Group’s social and digital media correspondent during Super Bowl week. As a member of the hometown Cardinals, Peterson will document his Super Bowl week on behalf of NBC Sports through his social media accounts. He will also film several videos around the city that will be pushed out through the SNF social media accounts and on NBCSports.com, including attempting to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® record for most selfies taken in one hour.
GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® ATTEMPT: NBC Sports Social will be at Deer Valley High School in Glendale, Ariz., Tuesday, Jan. 27, as Patrick Peterson attempts to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® record for the most selfies taken in one hour. Peterson will snap as many selfies as he can with the students from Deer Valley High School to break the current record of 657 selfies. In addition, the Sunday Night Football bus will be at the school and open to students after the record attempt. Fans can follow GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® on Twitter: @GWR and Instagram: Guinnessworldrecords.
DUDE PERFECT: NBC Sports Group has teamed with trick-shot experts and comedy stars Dude Perfect to create a trick shot video that will debut Sunday, Feb. 1, during NBC’s Super Bowl pre-game show. Participating in the trick shot video will be Giants rookie WR Odell Beckham Jr. and two-time Super Bowl winner, Super Bowl XL MVP, and NBC NFL analyst Hines Ward. The content will be pushed out on NBC Sports’ social media platforms, and the trick-shot video will be available on NBCSports.com/dudeperfect following its release.
TUMBLR: As announced yesterday, NBC Sports Digital recently launched a Super Bowl-centric NBC Sports Tumblr page that will showcase Super Bowl XLIX’s television advertisements immediately after they air on NBC. Prior to Super Bowl Sunday, the page will be populated with original content created by NBC Sports’ marketing media team, as well as from re-blogging NFL-related Tumblr posts. On game day, the new page will transform into a hub for Super Bowl TV ads, and can be accessed at NBCSports.com/Ads.
#MYSUPERBOWLPICK: NBC Sports will ask influencers, celebrities, athletes and fans to tweet and post who they anticipate will win the game using #MySuperBowlPick to help drive the conversation around game day. In addition, social media handles from various NBCUniversal properties and celebrities will offer their picks.
Using the “Twitter Mirror,” NBC Sports will collect photos and picks from celebrities and athletes on-site at “Super Bowl Central” and at University of Phoenix Stadium to be featured on-air. The SNF social media accounts will also be tracking fan picks to see which team is leading the social vote.
AROUND-THE-CLOCK COVERAGE: NBC Sports will cover Super Bowl XLIX from various Sunday Night Football and NBC Sports social media accounts to make sure every fan has access to the content they want leading up to the game.
- Facebook: The NBC Sports and Sunday Night Football Facebook accounts will provide users with news from ProFootballTalk, shareable images, videos, and chats with NBC Sports Group commentators.
- Twitter: @SNFonNBC will provide real-time news and photos from Phoenix as well as #MySuperBowlPick content through the “Twitter Mirror.” @ProFootballTalk and @NBCSports will post news and information on the game, and behind-the-scenes content from PFT Live.
- Instagram: SNF on NBC and NBC Sports Instagram accounts will be one-stop shopping for photos throughout Super Bowl week with behind-the-scenes access to NBC’s production, including photos of NBC Sports Group commentators and sideline coverage documenting the game from kickoff through the celebratory confetti.
- Vine: The NBC Sports social team will create content around Phoenix with on-site Vine influencers that will be posted on the Sunday Night Football and NBC Sports Vine accounts throughout Super Bowl week.
- Pinterest: For fans on Pinterest, Pinterest.com/NBCSports has Super Bowl themed boards to help plan the best Super Bowl party. On-site content from NBCSports.com will also be housed on Pinterest during Super Bowl week.
–SUPER BOWL XLIX–
ESPN’s Monday Night Football team of Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden and reporter Lisa Salters will call the 2015 Pro Bowl Presented by McDonald’s from University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on Sunday, January 25 (8 p.m. ET, ESPN), kicking off the start of Super Bowl XLIX week. The telecast will also be available via WatchESPN and in Spanish on both ESPN Deportes (commentators: Alvaro Martin, Raul Allegre and reporter John Sutcliffe) and ESPN Deportes Radio (Kenneth Garay and Sebastian Martinez Christensen).
ESPN analyst Cris Carter will join fellow Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Irvin as an alumni team captain, while the staffs of the Baltimore Ravens and Dallas Cowboys will coach the respective teams, which will be determined through a draft process on Wednesday. Active NFL player captains include Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, Browns cornerback Joe Haden, Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray and Texans defensive end J.J. Watt.
ESPN’s planned production elements for Pro Bowl include:
- Players wearing microphones;
- In-game coaches audio and from coach-quarterback communication;
- Live talk-backs with Carter and Irvin;
- Aerial coverage via Spidercam;
- Next-gen NFL stats applications;
- Inside the locker room access;
- Sideline interviews with Salters;
- Special booth appearance by comedian/impersonator Frank Caliendo;
ESPN will be home to the annual Pro Bowl game through 2022, as part of the company’s new eight-year rights agreement with the NFL. ESPN last televised the Pro Bowl in South Florida in 2010. The game also aired on ESPN from 1988-94 and 2004-06, and on ABC from 1975-87 and 1995-03.
Pro Bowl Pregame: Chris Berman to Anchor Two-Hour Postseason NFL Countdown from University of Phoenix Stadium
Chris Berman will host a special two-hour Postseason NFL Countdown Presented by Snickers (6 p.m., ESPN) from University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona leading into Pro Bowl. He will be joined by analysts Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson and Ray Lewis, as well as NFL insiders Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen providing headlines and league news.
ESPN will also have a one-hour Countdown from its Bristol, Conn. studios earlier in the day (12 p.m.), hosted by Wendi Nix with analysts Brian Dawkins and Jeff Saturday that previews Pro Bowl and the Seattle Seahawks vs. New England Patriots matchup in Super Bowl XLIX.
Live ESPN Coverage of Pro Bowl Practices on SportsCenter on Friday, Jan. 23
ESPN’s Monday Night Football team of Tirico, Gruden and Salters will offer live coverage on SportsCenter from the Pro Bowl team practices at Scottsdale Community College on Friday, Jan. 23, from 12-3:30 p.m. ET. Team Irvin is schedule to be on the field from 12:40-1:40 p.m., while Team Carter will practice from 2:15-3:15 p.m.
ESPN NFL-themed programming on Pro Bowl Sunday, Jan. 25:
|8-9 a.m.||Colin’s Football Show||ESPN2|
|10 a.m.-12 p.m.||SportsCenter||ESPN|
|12-1 p.m.||Postseason NFL Countdown Presented by Snickers||ESPN|
|6-8 p.m.||Postseason NFL Countdown Presented by Snickers||ESPN|
|8-11 p.m.||2015 Pro Bowl Presented by McDonald’s||ESPN|
|11 p.m.-12:30 a.m.||SportsCenter||ESPN|
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“I look for the roots of Bill [Walsh] in places that I’m visiting and they’re always there. The game was coached, played, managed [and] owned in a very archaic way for a long time. Bill changed that fundamentally at every level forever.” – Steve Young
He was labeled a genius, but he also was an insecure, tortured artist. After revolutionizing the NFL with the team of the 1980s, Hall of Fame coach Bill Walsh wrote a book that has become the bible for generations of football coaches.
NFL Network’s series A Football Life continues Friday, January 23 at 9:00 PM ET with Bill Walsh, one of the most successful and revolutionary coaches in NFL history. The special 90-minute NFL Films-produced documentary includes interviews and revelations from former and current NFL coaches, current and former NFL players, the co-author of his book, Finding the Winning Edge, former San Francisco 49er officials and his children Craig and Liz. Bill Walsh: A Football Life also addresses the emotional toll Walsh dealt with throughout his football life.
Following the premiere of Bill Walsh: A Football Life on NFL Network, the episode – along with the entire A Football Life series – will be available on NFL Now, the League’s next-generation video service. Providing fans access to the largest digital library of NFL video anywhere, NFL Now dynamically personalizes each fan’s viewing experience, allowing them to follow their favorite NFL teams and players. Visit NFL.com/now for more information.
Every episode of A Football Life – as well as all NFL Network programming – is streamed live on NFL Mobile from Verizon, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Among the topics discussed in Bill Walsh: A Football Life are:
- His opinion on being called a ‘genius’
- The desire to be perfect
- A behind-the-scenes look at his transition from an assistant coach with the Cincinnati Bengals to the head coach with the San Francisco 49ers
- What it was like when Paul Brown told other football organizations that Bill Walsh wasn’t cut out for a head coaching position
- How he felt after retiring
- His relationship with his players and coaches
- Almost trading quarterback Joe Montana
Emmy-nominated actor Josh Charles narrates.
Bill Walsh: A Football Life includes interviews with the following people and more:
Liz Walsh – Bill’s daughter
Craig Walsh – Bill’s son
Joe Montana – Hall of Fame quarterback
Steve Young – Hall of Fame quarterback
Jerry Rice – Hall of Fame wide receiver
Dwight Clark – Former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver
Ronnie Lott – Hall of Fame safety
Randy Cross – Former San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman
Brian Billick – Former Super Bowl-winning head coach
Bill Parcells – Hall of Fame head coach
Bill Belichick – New England Patriots head coach
Mike Ditka – Former Super Bowl-winning head coach
Dick Vermeil – Former Super Bowl-winning head coach
John Harbaugh – Baltimore Ravens head coach
Andy Reid – Kansas City Chiefs head coach
Sam Wyche – Former Cincinnati Bengals head coach
Eddie DeBartolo, Jr. – Former San Francisco 49ers owner
Carmen Policy – Former San Francisco 49ers executive
Condoleezza Rice – Former Stanford provost
Jim Peterson – Co-author, Finding the Winning Edge
Provided below are some select quotes from Bill Walsh: A Football Life:
– “I look for the roots of Bill in places that I’m visiting and they’re always there. The game was coached, played, managed, [and] owned in a very archaic way for a long time. Bill changed that fundamentally at every level forever.” – Steve Young
– “It’s the Bible of football coaching.” – John Harbaugh
– “I wish I would’ve enjoyed it more because those were the truly golden years.” – Bill Walsh
– “It just wasn’t good enough you know? But that sort of seemed to be how a lot of things had been for him. Even if this was a success he would still somehow find a way to not consider it one.” – Liz Walsh
– “At the start of my third year, I just wanted our team to have some respect in the National Football League because we didn’t.” – Bill Walsh
– “He would put plays in in meetings sometimes and say, ‘You don’t have to flinch when you catch this, there won’t be anyone around. You’ll be wide open’…You’d catch it and get ready to get hit and turn around and he would be right. Nobody would be there.” – Dwight Clark
– “You can’t say Bill Walsh without the word genius goes with it. He was offended by that. That intimates that this is just some intuitive knowledge that came to me from divine inspiration as opposed to the painstaking years of developing what is laid out in this book.” – Brian Billick
– “Bill would often talk about the term genius as embarrassing and he wished it would just disappear and go away but the truth of the matter is he loved it. He absolutely loved it.” – Carmen Policy
– “Our system of football sustained itself and we refined it further and further each year until at some point it might even have even been an art form.” – Bill Walsh
– “That’s why he was such a great leader. He got the best out of people.” – Condoleezza Rice
– “I think Bill Walsh was from another planet to be honest with you. He was so far ahead.” – Jerry Rice
– “For every person that said that we were finesse, he wanted to go punch them in the mouth.” – Ronnie Lott
– “When he quit, there were a lot of guys that wanted to win the Super Bowl so bad the following year because we wanted to prove that we could win it without him. That became the battle cry that year.” – Ronnie Lott
– “He was just a great coach, a great man and great person. I wish I had a lot more time with him.” – Joe Montana
– “He was calling Joe [Montana] and I in and Bill [Walsh] was like, ‘Joe, I’m playing Steve today.’ You know this is Joe Montana right? ‘Steve’s got a set of plays and I’m going to put him in so just know that’s coming.’ You could see Joe…If Joe had a knife there was a problem.” – Steve Young
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MICHAELS, COLLINSWORTH, DUNGY AND HARRISON WEIGH IN ON PATRIOTS-SEAHAWKS SUPER BOWL
“He turned what would have been one of the worst performances in postseason history into a comeback for the ages.” – Michaels on Russell Wilson
“This will be a legacy Super Bowl. Will it be Seattle winning back-to-back Super Bowls with a young team capable of many more, or Tom Brady and Bill Belichick winning their fourth?” – Collinsworth
“I anticipate this being one of the best Super Bowls in the history of the league.” – Harrison
“This will be a chess match.” – Dungy
STAMFORD, Conn. – Jan. 18, 2015 – The New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks will meet in Super Bowl XLIX on NBC on Sunday, Feb. 1, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. Pre-game coverage begins at Noon ET. The game will mark the 18th Super Bowl broadcast by NBC, equaling CBS for the most Super Bowls broadcast by any network.
Following are comments by Sunday Night Football play-by-play voice Al Michaels and analyst Cris Collinsworth, as well as Football Night In America commentators Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison, a former Patriot who won two Super Bowls with the team, about the Patriots-Seahawks matchup in Super Bowl XLIX:
Michaels on Seahawks heading to Super Bowl XLIX after today’s thrilling victory: “The NFC Championship Game was the latest example of why the NFL is television’s greatest unscripted drama. For a Seahawks fan, it was a warp speed trip from dismay to euphoria. For a Packers fan, it was simply the reverse. For both fan bases, it was an emotional wringer. And what more can you say about Russell Wilson? He turned what would have been one of the worst performances in postseason history into a comeback for the ages.”
Michaels on Super Bowl XLIX matchup: “So many great early storylines to think about: Two chess masters, Belichick and Carroll, going head-to-head. Two hugely successful quarterbacks, Brady and Wilson, with vastly divergent styles. Two teams that will come to the Super Bowl with anything and everything in the back of their playbooks — fake punts, wide receivers throwing passes, eclectic formations and who knows what else. In Marshawn Lynch and LeGarrette Blount, the equivalent of identical twins at running back. Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman against ‘The Legion of Boom.’ Darrelle Revis matched up against anybody. Richard Sherman matched up against anybody. And two teams that rarely face each other — only three meetings in the last 21 years. These are just the appetizers.”
Collinsworth on Super Bowl XLIX: “This will be a legacy Super Bowl. Will it be Seattle winning back-to-back Super Bowls with a young team capable of many more, or Tom Brady and Bill Belichick winning their fourth?”
Collinsworth on evenly-matched Super Bowl: “This is the first Super Bowl in a long time that I have no idea who will be favored.”
Collinsworth on the quarterbacks: “It’s Russell Wilson with memorable tears of joy against Tom Brady who has been making opponents cry for years.”
Dungy on Seattle: “The Seahawks victory against the Packers exemplified their season. It’s hard to get back to the Super Bowl, but this team fought all year to accomplish that. When it seemed that there was no chance to win today, they still believed and played until the final whistle. They are a balanced, physical team that is bolstered by an excellent philosophy.”
Dungy on New England: “The Patriots are hitting on all cylinders. They do so much on offense and show so many different looks. Every game plan is a little different, and it’s a huge advantage.”
Dungy on the matchup: “This will be a chess match that boils down to how the Patriots defense will handle the Seahawks run-option offense, and how the Seahawks defense handles the precise, inside passing game of the Patriots.”
Harrison on Seattle: “What impressed me the most today about the Seahawks was that despite playing their worst game of year, they found a way to win. It’s what you expect of a championship caliber team, they always find a way.”
Harrison on New England: “The Patriots returning to the Super Bowl is no surprise. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick were prepared and the team is confident. There’s no set game plan with Belichick. He’s always trying to find the right mix to win the next game.”
Harrison on the matchup: “These have been the two best teams in the league all year. I anticipate this being one of the best Super Bowls in the history of the league. It’s the great Seahawks defense against Tom Brady and the Patriots passing game. It’s Bill Belichick against Pete Carroll. There are intriguing matchups everywhere.”
–SUPER BOWL XLIX ON NBC–