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NFL Week #12: Fox and CBS shuffle AFC/NFC games; Full schedule, talent, regional splits; NBC flexes

Sunday night game switches from Seattle at Philadelphia to Green Bay at San Francisco; CBS and Fox trade traditional game assignments

NFL WEEK 12

  • Schedule changes in Week #12 include the Sunday night game. Instead of Seattle at Philadelphia, it’s Green Bay at San Francisco on NBC. The Seattle-Philly game goes to Fox at 1pm. 
  • Other switches involve game assignments, not times. The Carolina at New Orleans broadcast, an NFC game that would generally run on Fox will be on CBS. The Miami-Cleveland AFC matchup will be carried on Fox not CBS, the AFC network. 
  • Looking ahead, when the 2019 NFL Schedule was announced in April, five games in Week 16 were slated for either Saturday, Dec. 21 or Sunday, Dec. 22. Dates and times have now been set and are listed here:
    • Houston at Tampa Bay – Saturday, Dec. 21, 1:00pm ET, NFL Network.
    • Buffalo at New England – Saturday, Dec. 21, 4:30pm ET, NFL Network.
    • LA Rams at San Francisco – Saturday, Dec. 21, 8:15pm ET, NFL Network.
    • Detroit at Denver – Sunday, Dec. 22, 4:05pm ET, CBS.
    • Oakland at LA Chargers – Sunday, Dec. 22, 4:05pm ET, CBS.
  • Teams with byes this week are the Arizona Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, and Minnesota Vikings. It will make the weekend somewhat easier for Dave Pasch who generally works both Saturday and Sunday, a college game for ESPN on Saturday and the Cardinals Sunday. Dave is in Baton Rouge Saturday night for Arkansas at LSU.
  • On the ratings front, the Foxies say they’re averaging 18,360,000 viewers. They’re the best numbers Fox has registered since 2016. For those of an historical bent, this season’s ratings are up 15% since 2004 when the younger George Bush was in the White House, SmartPhones weren’t quite ubiquitous and Warren Buffet was only 74.
  • The CBSers are apparently happy too. Last week’s late window (when most of the country saw New England-Philadelphia on the Big Eye) averaged 24.889 million viewers, up 5% from last year’s corresponding week, 23.692 million.

To the sidelines and age comparisons:

For CBS (5 games), the irrepressible Tracy Wolfson takes her microphone to New Orleans, Evan Washburn brings his dulcet, laid-back tone to Nashville, John Schriffen works with Catalon and Lofton in Cincinnati, Jay Feely’s leg is ready to stride in Buffalo and Melanie Collins keeps the unflappable Greg Gumbel and partner Trent Green company in New Jersey. Schriffen spent some time with Disney’s ABC and ESPN.

If you’re wondering, the average age of the Fox sideliners working the six games this weekend is 45. Shannon Spake, 43; Lindsay Czarniak, 42; Erin Andrews, 41; Laura Okmin, 47; Pam Oliver 58 and Jennifer Hale, 41. 

The ages of the Fox play-by-play voices are Buck, 50, Brennaman, 56, Burkhardt, 45, Myers, 60, Albert, 51 and Stockton 77 (on Friday). The average age of the the Fox play-by-play voice is 56.

As for CBS, the average age of its sideliners this week is 38. Tracy Wolfson, 44; Jay Feely, 43, Evan Washburn, 36, John Schriffen, 35 and Melanie Collins is the baby sideliner this Sunday, 33.

As for the five CBS play-by-play announcers, Gumbel is 73, Nantz, 60, Harlan, 59, Eagle, 50 and Catalon, 39. The average age of the this week’s CBS play-by-players is also 56.

As an old boss once said, just the facts. Fox has six women on the sidelines and CBS has two women and three men. Aren’t these stats better than the numbers on third down conversions?

Jake Baskin has a nice profile of Eagle below the list of this weekend’s broadcasts.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans  8:20p FOX/NFLN/Amazon Prime

Joe Buck, Troy Aikman on Fox/NFLN

Hannah Storm, Andrea Kremer pn Amazon Prime

100% of country on Fox, As of June, Amazon Prime had 105 million subscribers

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons  1:00p FOX

Dick Stockton, Mark Schlereth

(8%/13 markets) Western and Northern Florida, Georgia and Chattanooga, Tenn.

Denver Broncos at Buffalo Bills  1:00p CBS

Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon

(6%/24) all 5 in Colorado, 4 in Curt Gowdy country, Wyoming, 8 Upstate New York towns, 2 in New Mexico, 2 in Idaho but not the state capital Boise; Scottsbluff, Nebraska; Rapid City, SD and Salt Lake City, a town through which Jim Nantz traces his career.

New York Giants at Chicago Bears 1:00p FOX

Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman

(16%/28) Illinois, Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin, Connecticut New York City and spot markets like Cincinnati and Tulsa. Vacationing? Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands get Giants-Bears.

Seattle Seahawks at Philadelphia Eagles 1:00p Fox

Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis

(61%/285) Seen anywhere the other 4 Fox games in the 1p window are not; e.g. 11 California markets and all 19 in Texas. If you’re west of the Mississippi River, you’ll like see this game. All of Pennsylvania gets this too.

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals  1:00p CBS

Andrew Catalon, James Lofton

(7% /20)  Where you’d think. 6 blanketing Ohio, 5 in West Virginia and Pennsylvania (not Philly), 2 in Maryland (Baltimore, AFC competitors, of course) and 2 in Kentucky.

Miami Dolphins at Cleveland Browns 1:00p Fox

Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston

(7%/13) Miami and West Palm Beach, Fl; Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Lima and Youngstown, Oh.; Charleston, Wheeling, WV and Oklahoma City.

Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints 1:00p CBS

Jim Nantz, Tony Romo

(48%/147) 20 markets in Texas, 5 in Virginia, 5 in Wisconsin, 4 in Washington, not Seattle, 3 in South Dakota, 4 in South Carolina, 5 in Oregon, 2 in Oklahoma, 4 in Nebraska, 5 in North Dakota, 5 in North Carolina, 8 in Montana, 6 in Mississippi, 5 in Missouri, 4 in Minnesota and Michigan, 3 in Maine, 2 in Massachusetts, 7 in Louisiana, 5 in Illinois (not Chicago), 4 in Iowa, 3 in Georgia, 4 in South Florida, 3 in Arizona, 3 in Arkansas, 3 in Alabama, 5 in Alaska; Pittsburg, Kansas, Louisville, Ky and yes, Honolulu.

Oakland Raiders at New York Jets 1:00p CBS

Greg Gumbel, Trent Green

(20%/23) All 11 California markets plus Medford, Oregon across the border. In the Empire State, only New York City, blame Denver at Buffalo for that, Hartford, Ct, 2 in Nevada and 5 in Kansas and 2 in neighboring Missouri. Talk about a mixed audience, the heartland and the progressives on the coast. That’s the beauty of sports. It brings us together.

Detroit Lions at Washington Redskins 1:00p FOX

Kenny Albert, Ronde Barber

(7% /14 Markets) All of Michigan and Virginia; Washington, DC and Toledo, Ohio

Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans 4:05p CBS

Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts

(19%/22) 6 Tennessee markets, 5 Central and Northern Florida affiliates, plus Seattle, Philadelphia, Cleveland and Atlanta

Dallas Cowboys at New England Patriots 4:25p FOX

Joe Buck,  Troy Aikman

99% of America – all that Fox has

Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers  8:20p NBC

Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth

100% of America

Monday, November 25, 2019

Baltimore Ravens at Los Angeles Rams (Mon) 5:15p (PT) 8:15p ESPN

Joe Tessitore, Booger McFarland

100% of country. ESPN is in some 84 million homes

 

Eagle (r) with Dan Fouts

Ian Eagle has the call for Sunday’s late afternoon matchup on CBS between the Jaguars and Titans. His partner is Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Fouts. This is Eagle’s 22nd year as a part of CBS’s NFL coverage.

Eagle, 50, grew up in Queens and graduated from Syracuse in 1990. He landed a job with WFAN as a producer directly out of college and quickly made a name for himself with the station, receiving his own baseball show alongside longtime MLB pitcher Tommy John. In 1993, he became the Jets’ pre- and post-game host and in 1997, Ian moved to the play-by-play role, his only season as the radio voice of the Jets before migrating to the national airwaves.

Eagle is likely most associated with the Brooklyn Nets franchise. He was named the team’s radio announcer in 1994 at the age of 25, when the team was still in New Jersey, and moved to television a season later. He took a secondary role on the team’s broadcasts for six seasons when YES Network brought in Marv Albert, but returned to the primary spot when Albert left in 2011. He continues to call the majority of games for the Nets, and also calls NBA games for TNT.

Eagle joined CBS in 1998 as an NFL and college basketball announcer and has called games in each of the last 22 NCAA tournaments, primarily working with Jim Spanarkel, one of his partners with the Nets. Ian called seven Army–Navy football games, and continues to contribute to early round coverage on the French Open for the Tennis Channel. Currently in his sixth season as CBS’s #2 NFL play-by-play announcer, he worked with Mark May and Solomon Wilcots before partnering with Fouts in 2010.

His son, Noah Eagle, who graduated from Syracuse last June is the radio voice of the Los Angeles Clippers.

 

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David J. Halberstam
David J. Halberstam

David is a 40-year industry veteran who served as play-by-play announcer for St. John's University basketball in New York and as radio play-by-play voice of the Miami Heat in South Florida. He is the author of Sports on New York Radio: A Play-by-Play History.

Jake Baskin
Jake Baskin

Jake Baskin is a college student studying sports communication. He does play-by-play for Northeast Sports Network and previously wrote about hockey for various SB Nation blogs. He loves the history and evolution of sports broadcasting and dreams of being a national-level announcer.

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