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NFL Week # 15: Fox (7), CBS(7), NBC, ESPN and NFLN all at work; Regional markets and all talent listed!

Buck/Aikman work Thursday and Sunday; Flex gives NBC Sunday Night Football Buffalo at Pittsburgh

  • No byes this weekend. All 32 NFL teams play. It’s Fox’ doubleheader. CBS has a singleton. The Big Eye’s coverage map resembles a jigsaw puzzle. Fox’ late game, Rams at Cowboys, earns the most geography of Sunday’s doubleheader. The Foxies get it out to 189 station and 87% of our great land.
  • In their entirety, CBS has 236 affiliates, Fox has 223. CBS is in 100% of country, Fox 99%.
  • Peripatetic Greg Gumbel benefits from an inadvertent bookkeeping shake-up. He’s third or fourth on the CBS depth chart, yet his game goes into 25% of America. Ian Eagle, supposedly number two behind Jim Nantz is assigned to a game that goes to just 16% of the country. You won’t see this often either. Nantz’ crew working Houston-Tennessee, a telecast that is being pumped into only 27% of the U.S.
  • Hannah Storm, 57, and Andrea Kremer, 60, continue to do the Thursday night games for Amazon Prime customers. In 2013, Storm suffered  injuries in a freak fire that occurred when her grill exploded while making dinner for her children. She lost quite a bit of her hair and was badly scarred. When Hannah looked in the mirror, she said she looked disfigured. With impressive resilience and fortitude, Storm was back weeks later to host the Rose Bowl Parade. Storm is married to NBC’s Dan Hicks, 57, and is the daughter of one-time ABA commissioner Mike Storen. 
  • Fox and CBS continue to talk-up their NFL ratings. Fox says its NFC package is averaging 19,303,000 viewers up 8% over last season and its best showing since 2016. Through 14 weeks of the NFL season, CBS’ audience is also at its highest level in three years averaging 17,714,000 viewers, up 8% from a year ago.
  • The power of the NFL! Have you ever wondered how NFL ratings do versus the NBA or MLB? Get this. Last week, CBS did a 17.5 rating for its 4pm national broadcast window. The highlight that hour was the Kansas City-New England telecast. The NBA Finals last year on ABC averaged an 8.8 rating. This past World Series did an 8.1 rating. How far has the World Series dipped? In 1979, 40 years ago, the Pirates-Orioles Series did a a 28.5. It was the same year ESPN and networks like CNN launched. From that point forward, TV ratings overall began to splinter. The dominance of the over-the-air national networks started shattering.
  • Good to see Amanda Balionis more engaged in CBS’ football coverage. She’ll be on the Cincinnati sidelines while Andrew Catalon and James Lofton are in the booth for the Patriots-Bengals game this Sunday. Otis Livingston who worked sidelines from Met Life Stadium last week for Miami-Jets is back there again for Dolphins-Giants.
  • When was the last time you saw a Patriots telecast go to only 7% of the country and only 15 markets. Well, it’s happening this week when Coach Bill’s team takes the plane the team now owns and flies to Cincinnati 

Jake Baskin has a thumbnail below the schedule on Joe Buck for readers unfamiliar with the man who fashioned the new-found rhythm of delicate minimalism. In the piece I did for Sports Business Journal’s special NFL issue celebrating the league’s 100th birthday, I had Joe lined up as such – all-time NFL network TV play-by-play announcers:  1) Al Michaels 2) Pat Summerall 3) Dick Enberg 4) Curt Gowdy 5) Joe Buck 6) Jim Nantz 7) Don Criqui 8) Ray Scott 9) Dick Stockton 10) Charlie Jones


WEEK # 15

Thursday, December 12, 2019

New York Jets at Baltimore Ravens  8:20p FOX/NFLN/Amazon*

Joe Buck, Troy Aikman on Fox

Hannah Storm, Andrea Kremer on Amazon Prime

Fox penetrates through 99% of the country. NFL Network is in some 70 million homes. Amazon Prime has approximately 90 million subscribers. 


Sunday, December 15, 2019


Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs  1:00p CBS

Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts

16% of country/76 markets

Colorado Springs, Denver, Durango, Grand Junction, Montrose, Sioux City, Quincy, Dodge City/Ensign, Goodland, Hays, Pittsburg, Topeka, Wichita, Cape Girardeau, Jefferson City, Kansas City, Kirksville, Springfield, St Joseph, St. Louis, Grand Island, Lincoln, North Platte, Omaha, Scottsbluff/Gering, Albuquerque, Roswell, Casper, Cheyenne, Lander, Rock Springs, Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka, Ft Smith, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Boise, Idaho Falls, Twin Falls, Champaign, Peoria, Baltimore, Salisbury, Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Glendive, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, Missoula, Bismarck, Dickinson, Minot, Williston, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Bend, Coos Bay Eugene Roseburg Altoona Harrisburg Pittsburgh Scranton Lubbock  Salt Lake City Charlottesville Harrisonburg Lewisburg Weston


New England Patriots at Cincinnati Bengals  1:00p CBS

Andrew Catalon, James Lofton

7% of country/15 markets

Hartford, Hazard, Lexington, Boston, Springfield, Bangor, Portland, Presque Isle, Cincinnati, Dayton, Lima, Providence , Burlington, Huntington, Parkersburg


Miami Dolphins at New York Giants  1:00p CBS

Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta

10% of country/10 markets

Ft Myers , Miami , W. Palm Beach, Albany, Binghamton, Elmira-corning, New York, Syracuse, Utica, Watertown


Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans  1:00p CBS

Jim Nantz, Tony Romo

27% of country/70 markets

Huntsville, Bowling Green, Shreveport, Columbus_Ms., Greenville_Ms, Chattanooga, Jackson, Johnson City, Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville, Abilene, Amarillo, Austin, Beaumont, Bryan , Corpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso, Harlingen , Houston, Laredo, Odessa, San Angelo, San Antonio, Sherman, Tyler, Victoria, Waco, Wichita Falls, Birmingham, Dothan, Mobile, Montgomery, Panama City Beach, Atlanta, Augusta , Columbus_Ga., Macon, Honolulu, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Lafayette_In., South Bend, Terre Haute, Louisville, Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Lafayette_La., Lake Charles, Monroe, New Orleans, Biloxi, Hattiesburg, Jackson, Meridian, Greensboro, Greenville_Nc, Raleigh, Wilmington, Buffalo, Rochester, Charleston, Columbia, Florence, Spartanburg, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke


Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Detroit Lions  1:00p FOX

Dick Stockton, Mark Schlereth

7% of country/12 markets

Alpena, Detroit, Flint, Fort Myers, Gainesville, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Orlando, Tallahassee, Tampa, Toledo, Traverse City


Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers   1:00p FOX

Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis

58% of country/123 markets

Albany, NY; Albany, Ga; Alexandria, Atlanta, Bakersfield, Bangor, Baton Rouge, Billings, Biloxi, Birmingham, Boston, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Burlington, Casper, Cedar Rapids, Champaign, Charleston, Chattanooga, Cheyenne, Chicago, Cleveland, Colorado Springs, Columbia, Columbus, Columbus, Columbus, Davenport, Dayton, Denver, Des Moines, Dothan, Duluth, Elmira, Erie, Evansville, Fargo, Fort Wayne, Grand Junction, Green Bay, Greenwood, Guam, Hartford, Hattiesburg, Honolulu, Houston, Huntsville, Indianapolis, Jackson, Jackson, Jacksonville, Joplin, Kansas City, Knoxville, La Crosse, Lafayette, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Las Vegas, Lexington, Lima, Lincoln, Los Angeles Louisville Macon Madison Mankato Marquette Memphis Meridian Miami Milwaukee Minneapolis Minot Mobile Monroe Montgomery New Orleans New York North Platte Omaha Ottumwa Paducah Palm Springs Panama City Parkersburg Peoria Phoenix Pittsburgh Portland Presque Isle Providence Puerto Rico Quincy Rapid City Rochester Rochester Rockford Salt Lake City San Diego Santa Barbara Sioux City Sioux Falls South Bend Springfield Springfield Springfield St. Joseph St. Louis Syracuse Terre Haute Topeka Tri-Cities Tucson US Virgin Islands Utica Watertown Wausau West Palm Beach Wheeling Wichita Youngstown Yuma


Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX 

Kenny Albert, Ronde Barber

14% of country/35 markets

Anchorage, Augusta, Bend, Boise, Butte, Charleston, Charlotte, Chico, Columbia, Eugene, Eureka, Fairbanks, Fresno, Great Falls, Greensboro, Greenville, Greenville, Helena, Idaho Falls, Juneau, Medford, Missoula, Monterey, Myrtle Beach, Portland, Raleigh, Reno, Sacramento, San Francisco, Savannah, Seattle, Spokane, Twin Falls, Wilmington, Yakima


Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman

18% of country/40 markets

Abilene, Albuquerque, Amarillo, Austin, Baltimore, Beaumont, Binghamton, Bluefield, Charlottesville, Clarksburg, Corpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Smith, Harlingen, Harrisburg, Harrisonburg, Johnstown, Jonesboro, Laredo, Little Rock, Lubbock, Norfolk, Odessa, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, Richmond, Roanoke, Salisbury, San Angelo, San Antonio, Sherman, Shreveport, Tulsa, Tyler, Victoria, Waco, Washington, Wichita Falls, Wilkes-Barre


Los Angeles Rams at Dallas Cowboys  4:25p FOX

Joe Buck, Troy Aikman

87% of country/189 markets

Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Birmingham, Dothan, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, Fort Smith, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Phoenix, Tucson, Yuma, Bakersfield, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Colorado Springs, Denver, Grand Junction, Hartford, Washington, Fort Myers, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Panama City, Tallahassee, Tampa, West Palm Beach, Honolulu, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Des Moines, Ottumwa, Sioux City, Twin Falls, Champaign, Chicago, Peoria, Quincy, Rockford, Springfield, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Lafayette, South Bend, Terre Haute, Topeka, Wichita, Bowling Green, Lexington, Louisville, Paducah, Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, MonroeNew Orleans Shreveport Boston Springfield Baltimore Salisbury Bangor Portland Presque Isle Alpena Detroit Flint Grand Rapids Lansing Marquette Traverse City Duluth Mankato Minneapolis Rochester Columbia Joplin Kansas City Springfield St. Joseph St. Louis Biloxi Columbus Greenwood Hattiesburg Jackson Meridian Billings Butte Great Falls Helena Missoula Charlotte Greensboro Greenville Raleigh Wilmington Fargo Minot Lincoln North Platte Omaha Albuquerque Las Vegas Albany Binghamton Buffalo Elmira New York Rochester Syracuse Utica Watertown Cincinnati Cleveland Columbus Dayton Lima Toledo Youngstown Oklahoma City Tulsa Erie Harrisburg Johnstown Philadelphia Pittsburgh Wilkes-Barre Providence Charleston Columbia Greenville Myrtle Beach Rapid City Sioux Falls Jackson Knoxville Memphis Nashville Tri-Cities Abilene Amarillo Austin Beaumont Corpus Christi Dallas El Paso Harlingen Houston Laredo Lubbock Odessa San Angelo San Antonio Sherman Tyler Victoria Waco Wichita Falls Salt Lake City Charlottesville Harrisonburg Norfolk Richmond Roanoke Burlington Green Bay La Crosse Madison Milwaukee Wausau Bluefield Charleston Clarksburg Parkersburg Wheeling Casper Cheyenne Guam Puerto Rico US Virgin Islands


Atlanta Falcons at San Francisco 49ers  4:25p FOX

Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston

12%of country/23 markets

Chico, Eureka, Fresno, Monterey, Sacramento, San Francisco, Albany, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Macon, Savannah, Boise, Idaho Falls, Reno, Bend, Eugene, Medford, Portland, Chattanooga, Seattle, Spokane, Yakima



Cleveland Browns at Arizona Cardinals  4:05p CBS

Thom McCarthy, Jay Feely

5% of country/8 markets

Phoenix, Tucson, Cleveland, Columbus, Toledo, Youngstown, Erie, Wheeling


Jacksonville Jaguars at Oakland Raiders  4:05p CBS

Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon

10% of country/19 markets

Bakersfield, Chico, Eureka, Fresno, Monterey, Sacramento, San Francisco, Santa Maria, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Orlando, Tallahassee, Tampa, Albany, Savannah, Las Vegas, Reno, Medford, Spokane

Minnesota Vikings at Los Angeles Chargers 4:05p CBS

Greg Gumbel, Trent Green

25% of country/38 markets

Yuma, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, San Diego, Mason City, Duluth – Chisholm, Mankato, Minneapolis, Walker, Fargo, Florence, Rapid City, Reliance, Sioux Falls, La Crosse , Madison, Wausau, Washington, Lewiston, Chicago, Rock Island, Rockford, Alpena, Cadillac, Detroit, Escanaba, Flint, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Sault Saint Marie, Charlotte, Portland, Philadelphia , Pasco, Seattle, Yakima, Green Bay, Milwaukee

Buffalo Bills at Pittsburgh Steelers 8:20p NBC

Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth

100% of country


Monday, December 16, 2019

Indianapolis Colts at New Orleans Saints 8:15p ESPN

Joe Tessitore, Booger McFarland

ESPN is in approximately 84 million homes across the country


Joe Buck (l) and Troy Aikman lead announce team for Fox and Thursday Night Football

Joe Buck is calling two games this week for Fox, as the Jets take on the Ravens on Thursday and the Rams play the Cowboys late Sunday afternoon. As usual, his partner is Hall of Fame Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman. This is the pair’s second year calling Thursday Night Football, and they are calling two games this week for the fifth time this season.

Buck, 50, is pretty much a household name at this point, having been one of the faces of Fox Sports for a quarter of a century. The son of Baseball and Football Hall of Fame announcer Jack Buck, the younger Buck made his Major League Baseball broadcasting debut at 18 and joined the St. Louis Cardinals’ broadcast team full-time in 1991. He continued calling games for the Cardinals until 2007, at which point he left the team to focus on his increasing national work.

Buck reached the top of his field in baseball first, being named the lead announcer for Fox’s baseball coverage when they secured MLB rights in 1996. He has continued in that role ever since, calling every World Series since then with the exception of 1997 and 1999, and is signed on to call the Fall Classic for at least two more years. He added golf to his plate in 2015 when Fox obtained the rights to the U.S. Open.

Buck was a member of Fox’ original NFL lineup, working on the #4 team for four seasons before leaving to focus on baseball. Fox lured him back to football after Pat Summerall cut back his schedule following the 2001 season. Buck was named as his successor, moving up to the #1 spot alongside Aikman and Cris Collinsworth, who left Fox after the 2004 season. He has been Fox’ lead NFL announcer ever since, and will call his sixth Super Bowl this February

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.

Jake Baskin

Jake Baskin is a graduate of Dean College who majored in sports broadcasting. 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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