NBC Sports Boston’s Michael Felger & NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Michael Barkann to Co-Host Special Live Show from Stadium in Minneapolis Leading up to Kickoff with Boston Guests Troy Brown, Jerod Mayo, Tom E. Curran & Albert Breer; and Philly Guests Barrett Brooks, Derrick Gunn, Ray Didinger & Seth Joyner
BURLINGTON, MA & PHILADELPHIA, PA, January 31, 2018 – The New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles will go head to head in Super Bowl LII on Sunday, February 4th, and NBC Sports Boston and NBC Sports Philadelphia are teaming up to bring viewers the most unique look and varied perspectives of the game in a live one-hour special leading up to kick-off titled “Philly vs. Boston” on Super Bowl Sunday at 5PM/ET on both networks.
“Philly vs. Boston” — presented locally in Boston by Cumberland Farms and locally in Philadelphia by Wawa — will bring viewers a unique perspective in the final hour leading up to the Super Bowl from both Boston’s and Philly’s on-air talent. The show will be co-hosted by NBCSB’s Michael Felger and NBCSP’s Michael Barkann, with various Boston/Philly duos joining them throughout the hour including: Troy Brown & Barrett Brooks; Tom E. Curran & Derrick Gunn; Albert Breer & Ray Didinger; and Jerod Mayo & Seth Joyner. The talent will debate their counterparts from the opposing city on who has the best/worst fans, Spygate, who will take home the title and more.
As part of the lead up to the show, Felger and Barkann will be competing throughout the week and weekend in various fun and friendly “competitions”, including a soccer shoot-out, a hockey shoot-out and go-kart racing. The competitions, which will take place at SMAAASH at the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN, will be available to viewers across both networks’ social media channels (@NBCSBoston & @NBCSPhilly) beginning today (Wednesday 1/31), culminating in a “winner” being announced on the “Philly vs. Boston” show on Sunday.
In the spirit of competition, the NBC Sports Boston and NBC Sports Philadelphia General Managers have placed a friendly “wager” on the big game. If the Patriots win the Super Bowl, then NBC Sports Philadelphia will graciously buy Boston Staff breakfast on Parade Day from local Boston show sponsor Cumberland Farms; and if the Eagles win the Super Bowl, then NBC Sports Boston will graciously buy Philly breakfast on Parade Day from local Philly show sponsor Wawa. The “losing” network will also make a contribution to the charity of the winning GM’s choosing.
About NBC SPORTS BOSTON
NBC Sports Boston reaches more than 4 million households in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Programming includes the Boston Celtics, New England Revolution, Arbella Early Edition, Boston Sports Tonight, Sports Sunday, Celtics Post Up, The Baseball Show, Monday Night Patriots, Quick Slants, New England Tailgate, Football Day in New England including pre and post-game programs surrounding all Patriots games, CAA football, basketball and more. NBCSportsBoston.com and all of the networks social media channels (@NBCSBoston) provide continuous news, video and in-depth, up-to-the-minute coverage of New England sports. NBC Sports Boston is part of the NBC Sports Group. Visit NBCSportsBoston.com for more information. Check local listings for the specific channel location for your area.
About NBC SPORTS PHILADELPHIA
NBC Sports Philadelphia and NBC Sports Philadelphia+, part of NBC Sports Group, provide award-winning sports news, analysis, live game coverage and original programming to nearly three million viewers in the Philadelphia area, Southern New Jersey and Delaware. Together the networks present more than 500 live game broadcasts annually, featuring the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers, NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, MLB’s Philadelphia Phillies, MLS’s Philadelphia Union, NCAA and high school events, plus extensive coverage of the Philadelphia Eagles. NBC Sports Philadelphia broadcasts pre/post-game coverage and the most comprehensive local and regional sports news available. The networks’ news and original programming teams have been distinguished with numerous Emmys and Edward R. Murrow Awards, and handle sports coverage for Philadelphia’s NBC10 affiliate WCAU-TV. NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com, also provides Philly sports fans with the most comprehensive and dedicated 24/7 online local sports destination that includes live streaming of Sixers basketball, Flyers hockey and Phillies baseball. The site is the go to source for up-to-the-minute sports news, game previews/recaps, highlights, numerous multimedia video clips, blogs and top-notch coverage from “Insiders” for the city’s favorite pro teams. NBC Sports Philadelphia can be found on multiple social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat (@NBCSportsPhilly).
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