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NFL Week #15: CBS has KC-Saints nationally in Sun aft window; Nantz teases as a possible SB preview

Week 15

Late Friday change. Due to Covid protocols, Al Michaels is pulled off SNF’s Giants-Browns telecast. Mike Tirico takes over on NBC. As such, Mike will now not do the Carolina-Green Bay game Saturday on NFL Network. Joe Davis will do that one.

CBS has the doubleheader, Fox the single game. Buck and Aikman work Thursday and don’t work Sunday.

Nationally, the NFL Network runs two games exclusively on Saturday.

Fox has five games on Sunday, CBS has six. Brandon Gaudin gets an NFL assignment from Fox this weekend. For CBS, Greg Gumbel gets assigned a broadcast going only to 5% of the country.

The Kansas City at New Orleans matchup is in Sunday’s late window. Jim Nantz and Tony Romo preside. Last week, Nantz said it could be a preview of the Super Bowl which CBS has this February. The entire country gets it except Phoenix because Cards are at home at that hour.

Fox has two rookie NFL play-by-play announcers this year, Kevin Kugler and Adam Amin. Both have done radio. Both are good. Amin is warmer and a bit better.

Kenny Albert and Jonathan Vilma have good chemistry. There’s some natural humor. They make each other better.

Chris Spielman is leaving Fox for an administrative position with his old team, the Lions.

Sports Business Journal reports that on the next set of network contracts, Thursday night might be a tough sell because the NFL Network shares the package. Fox is the over-the-air network rightsholder now.

Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen of ESPN reported that Louis Riddick is being considered for both GM openings with the Lions and Texans. Riddick hasn’t overwhelmed as a rookie co-analyst on ESPN’s MNF.

This is an unofficial listing and it’s subject to change. 

For last minute updates check out: The 506

Thursday, Dec. 17

Los Angeles Chargers at Las Vegas, 8:20 p.m. Fox and NFL Network, Joe Buck and Troy Aikman

NFLN has approximately 58 million subs/Fox covers 99% of the country

Saturday, Dec. 19

Buffalo at Denver, 4:30 p.m. ET, NFL Network, Adam Amin and Mark Schlereth 

ESPN has approximately 83 million subs

Carolina at Green Bay, 8:15 p.m. ET, NFL Network, Joe Davis and Kurt Warner

ESPN has approximately 83 million subs

Sunday, Dec. 20

Tampa Bay at Atlanta, 1 p.m. Fox, Kevin Burkhardt and Daryl Johnston

42 markets/16% of country

Albany, Ga-Alexandria-Atlanta-Augusta-Bangor-Baton Rouge-Biloxi-Birmingham-Burlington-Charleston-Chattanooga-Columbia-Columbus-Columbus-Dothan-Fort Myers-Gainesville-Greenville-Greenwood-Hartford-Hattiesburg-Huntsville-Jackson-Lafayette, La-Lake Charles-Macon-Meridian-Mobile-Monroe-Montgomery-Myrtle Beach-New Orleans-Orlando-Panama City-Portland, Me-Presque Isle-Providence-Savannah-Springfield-Tallahassee-Tampa-West Palm Beach

Jacksonville at Baltimore, 1 p.m. CBS, Andrew Catalon and James Lofton

31 markets/15% of country

Altoona-Baltimore-Charlottesville-Cincinnati-Cleveland-Columbus, Oh.-Dayton-Erie-Gainesville-Harrisburg-Harrisonburg-Hazard-Huntington-Jacksonville-Lewisburg-Lexington-Lima-Louisville-Norfolk-Orlando-Parkersburg-Pittsburgh-Richmond-Roanoke-Salisbury-Savannah-Scranton-Washington-Weston-Wheeling-Youngstown

San Francisco at Dallas, 1 p.m. CBS, Kevin Harlan and Trent Green

120 markets/50% of country

Albuquerque-Abilene-Amarillo-Anchorage-Austin-Bakersfield-Bend-Billings-Bismarck-Boise-Bozeman-Butte-Casper-Cedar Rapids-Cheyenne-Chicago-Chico-Colorado Springs-Coos Bay-Corpus Christi-Dallas-Denver-Des Moines-Dickinson-Dodge City/Ensign-Duluth – Chisholm-Durango-El Paso-Eugene-Eureka-Fairbanks-Fargo-Florence-Fresno-Ft Smith-Glendive-Goodland-Grand Island-Grand Junction-Great Falls-Harlingen -Hays-Helena-Idaho Falls-Jefferson City-Juneau-Kalispell-Kansas City-Ketchikan-Kirksville-La Crosse -Lander-Laredo-Las Vegas-Lewiston-Lincoln-Little Rock-Los Angeles-Lubbock -Madison-Mankato-Mason City-Medford-Milwaukee Minneapolis Minot Missoula Monterey Montrose New York North Platte Odessa Oklahoma City Omaha Palm Springs Pasco Peoria Philadelphia  Phoenix Pittsburg Portland Quincy Rapid City Reliance Reno Rock Island Rock Springs Rockford Roseburg Roswell Sacramento Salt Lake City San Angelo San Antonio San Diego San Francisco Santa Maria Scottsbluff/Gering Seattle Sherman Shreveport Sioux City Sioux Falls Sitka Spokane Springfield St Joseph St. Louis Topeka Tucson Tulsa Twin Falls Tyler Waco Walker Wichita-Wichita Falls Williston Yakima Yuma

Houston at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. CBS, Greg Gumbel and Rich Gannon

11 markets/5% of country

Beaumont-Bryan -Champaign-Evansville-Fort Wayne-Houston-Indianapolis-Lafayette, In.-South Bend-Terre Haute-Victoria

New England at Miami, 1 p.m. CBS, Ian Eagle and Charles Davis

51 markets/22% of country

Bangor-Albany, Ga-Albany, NY-Alexandria-Atlanta-Augusta, Ga–Baton Rouge-Biloxi-Binghamton-Birmingham-Boston-Buffalo-Burlington-Charleston-Charlotte-Columbia-Columbus_Ga.-Dothan-Elmira-corning-Florence-Ft Myers -Greensboro-Greenville_Nc-Hartford-Hattiesburg-Honolulu-Jackson-Lafayette, La.-Lake Charles-Macon-Meridian-Miami -Mobile-Monroe-Montgomery-New Orleans-Panama City Beach-Portland, Me-Presque Isle-Providence -Raleigh-Rochester-Spartanburg-Springfield-Syracuse-Tallahassee-Tampa-Utica-W. Palm Beach-Watertown-Wilmington

Chicago at Minnesota, 1 p.m. Fox, Chris Myers, Greg Jennings

51 markets/18% of country

Alpena-Cedar Rapids-Champaign-Chicago-Cincinnati-Cleveland-Columbia-Columbus-Davenport-Dayton-Des Moines-Duluth-Evansville-Fargo-Flint-Fort Wayne-Grand Rapids-Green Bay-Kansas City-La Crosse-Lafayette-Lansing-Lima-Lincoln-Madison-Mankato-Marquette-Milwaukee-Minneapolis-Minot-North Platte-Omaha-Ottumwa-Paducah-Peoria-Quincy-Rapid City-Rochester-Rockford-Sioux City-Sioux Falls-South Bend-Springfield-St. Joseph-St. Louis-Terre Haute-Toledo-Topeka-Traverse City-Wausau-Youngstown

Detroit at Tennessee, 1 p.m. CBS, Spero Dedes and Adam Archuleta

23 markets/8% of U.S.

Alpena-Bowling Green-Cadillac-Cape Girardeau-Chattanooga-Columbus, Ms.-Detroit-Escanaba-Flint-Green Bay-Greenville, Ms-Huntsville-Jackson-Johnson City-Jonesboro-Kalamazoo-Knoxville-Lansing-Memphis-Nashville-Sault Saint Marie-Toledo-Wausau

Seattle at Washington, 1 p.m. Fox, Kenny Albert and Jonathan Vilma

75 markets/27% of country

Anchorage-Austin-Beaumont-Bend-Billings-Bluefield-Boise-Bowling Green-Buffalo-Butte-Casper-Charleston-Charlotte-Charlottesville-Cheyenne-Chico-Clarksburg-Colorado Springs-Corpus Christi-Denver-Erie-Eugene-Eureka-Fairbanks-Fort Smith-Fresno-Grand Junction-Great Falls-Greensboro-Greenville-Guam-Harlingen-Harrisonburg-Helena-Honolulu-Idaho Falls-Jackson, Tn-Jonesboro-Joplin-Juneau-Knoxville-Laredo-Las Vegas-Lexington-Little Rock-Louisville-Medford-Memphis-Missoula-Monterey-Norfolk-Parkersburg-Pittsburgh-Portland Or-Puerto Rico-Raleigh-Reno-Richmond-Roanoke-Rochester-Sacramento-Salt Lake City-San Antonio-Seattle Shreveport Spokane Springfield Tri-Cities Twin Falls US Virgin Islands Victoria Washington Wheeling Wichita Wilmington

Philadelphia at Arizona, 4:05 p.m. Fox, Brandon Gaudin and Aqib Talib

31 markets/25% of country

Abilene-Albuquerque-Amarillo-Baltimore-Boston-Dallas-Detroit-El Paso-Harrisburg-Houston-Indianapolis-Jacksonville-Johnstown-Lubbock-Miami-Nashville-Odessa-Oklahoma City-Philadelphia-Phoenix-Salisbury-San Angelo-San Francisco-Sherman-Tucson-Tulsa-Tyler-Waco-Wichita Falls-Wilkes-Barre-Yuma

New York Jets at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m. Fox, Kevin Kugler and Brock Huard

12 markets/13% of country

Albany, NY-Bakersfield-Binghamton-Elmira-Los Angeles-New York-Palm Springs-San Diego-Santa Barbara-Syracuse-Utica-Watertown

Kansas City at New Orleans, 4:25 p.m. CBS, Jim Nantz and Tony Romo

234 markets/98.2% of country (no Phoenix because Cards are at home)

Cleveland at New York Giants, 8:20 p.m. NBC, Mike Tirico and Cris Collinsworth

a reported 223 affiliates/100% of country

Monday, Dec. 21

Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, 8:15 p.m. ESPN Steve Levy, Brian Griese and Louis Riddick

ESPN has approximately 83 million subs


For last minute updates check out: The 506


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 and The Fundamentals of Sports Media and Sponsorship Sales: Developing New Accounts.

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