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NFL Week #17: All Games Sunday – Fox, (8), CBS (7) and SNF on NBC; Every market listed for regionals

Games with playoff ramifications include: Niners-Seahawks, Raiders-Chiefs, Dolphins-Patriots, Titans-Texans and Giants-Eagles

  • CBS has the doubleheader as does Fox this final weekend of the season. Games galore, both afternoon windows, followed by Sunday Night football on NBC.
  • Do you think any of that money CBS won’t be paying for SEC rights after 2023 will go to the NFL? Sports head Sean McManus is savvy. He brought the NFL back to CBS in 1998 after the network lost the NFC package in 1993. At a reported $55 million per season for the SEC, the package should be a cash cow for another four seasons. So CBS should stash some dough away before it loses the package in four years.
  • Late this past Sunday, the NFL announced it was flexing the Niners-Seahawks showdown this coming Sunday to NBC. Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth will preside as usual. It’s one of a half-dozen games the results of which will dictate byes or playoff seedings.
  • Busy week for Tim Brando. He became a grandpa for a third time. Tim will work Tampa Bay-Atlanta game on Sunday for Fox. He joins Matt Millen who at one point earlier in his broadcast career was high on FOX’ NFL depth chart. Millen has to be the first NFL analyst in history who underwent a heart transplant. Welcome back! Another tidbit. With Sara Walsh working the sidelines, all three broadcasters, Brando, Millen and Walsh, are ESPN alumni.
  • Announcers staying close to home: KC based Kevin Harlan does Chargers at Chiefs. Game goes to 55% of America. For what it’s worth, Kevin should be #2 on the CBS NFL depth chart and get one of the playoff assignments when CBS has two divisional playoff games. Harlan brings uplifting enthusiasm and warmth to the booth. Based on my unscientific empiric observations, Kevin’s more popular than Ian Eagle is across the country except perhaps in New York. Jim Nantz will be in Houston, his old stomping grounds where he attended college and started his broadcast career. He’ll have the Titans and Texans. LA based Chris Myers has Cards at Rams which goes to only four markets. Troy Aikman stays home, covering his baffling alma mater Dallas.
  • The Boys are always a good bet for the network folks. Dallas still has a chance at the playoffs. Joe Buck and Aikman work Skins-Cowboys which goes to 71% of the country through Fox affiliates.

Jake Baskin has a nice thumbnail on Tim Brando. It’s below the listing of games. Brando and Matt Millen team to the Atlanta-Tampa Bay game Sunday.

Fox announced these changes on Thursday 1.26.19 . They’re reflected below in the FULL listings too:

Champaign / WCCU

From: WASH @ DAL To: PHL @ NYG

 Miami / WSVN

From: WASH @ DAL To: PHL @ NYG

 Springfield, IL / WRSP+

From: WASH @ DL To: PHL @ NYG

Cedar Rapids / KFXA

From: GB @ DET To: CHI @ MN 

West Palm Beach / WFLX 

From: WASH @ DAL To: PHL @ NYG

In parenthesis below are the highest to lowest levels of game distribution based on percentage of country covered

1 p.m. ET

Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots (CBS) (6)

Greg Gumbel, Trent Green

36% of country/66 markets

Albany, Altoona, Atlanta, Augusta (na_ Sc), Baltimore, Bangor, Birmingham, Boston, Bowling Green, Burlington, Charleston, Charlotte, Charlottesville, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbia, Columbus_Ga., Columbus_Oh., Dayton, Dothan, Florence, Ft Myers , Gainesville, Greensboro, Greenville_Nc, Harrisburg, Harrisonburg, Hartford, Hazard, Huntington, Huntsville, Jacksonville, Lewisburg, Lexington, Lima, Louisville, Macon, Miami , Mobile, Montgomery, Norfolk, Orlando, Panama City Beach, Parkersburg, Philadelphia , Pittsburgh, Portland, Presque Isle, Providence , Raleigh, Richmond, Roanoke, Salisbury, Savannah, Scranton, Spartanburg, Springfield, Tallahassee, Tampa, Toledo, W. Palm Beach, Washington, Weston, Wheeling, Wilmington, Youngstown

 

Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs (CBS) (4)

Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon

55% of country/160 markets

Abilene, Albuquerque, Alexandria, Alpena, Amarillo, Anchorage, Austin, Bakersfield, Baton Rouge, Beaumont, Bend, Billings, Biloxi, Bismarck, Boise, Bozeman, Bryan , Butte, Cadillac, Cape Girardeau, Casper, Cedar Rapids, Champaign, Chattanooga, Cheyenne, Chicago, Chico, Colorado Springs, Columbus_Ms., Coos Bay, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Denver, Des Moines, Detroit, Dickinson, Dodge City/Ensign, Duluth – Chisholm, Durango, El Paso, Escanaba, Eugene, Eureka, Evansville, Fairbanks, Fargo, Flint, Florence, Fort Wayne, Fresno, Ft Smith, Glendive, Goodland, Grand Island, Grand Junction, Great Falls, Greenbay, Greenville_Ms, Harlingen , Hattiesburg, Hays, Helena, Honolulu, Houston, Idaho Falls, Indianapolis, Jackson, Jackson, Jefferson City, Johnson City, Jonesboro, Juneau, Kalamazoo, Kalispell, Kansas City, Ketchikan, Kirksville, Knoxville, La Crosse,  Lafayette In, Lafayette La, Lake Charles, Lander, Lansing, Laredo Las Vegas Lewiston Lincoln Little Rock Los Angeles Lubbock  Madison Mankato Mason City Medford Memphis Meridian Milwaukee Minneapolis Minot ,Missoula ,Monroe, Monterey, Montrose, Nashville, New Orleans, North Platte, Odessa, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Palm Springs, Pasco, Peoria, 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, Sault Saint Marie, Scottsbluff/Gering, Seattle, Sherman, Shreveport, Sioux City, Sioux Falls, Sitka, South Bend, Spokane, Springfield, St Joseph, St. Louis, Terre Haute, Topeka, Tucson, Tulsa, Twin Falls, Tyler, Victoria, Waco, Walker, Wausau, Wichita, Wichita, Falls, Williston, Yakima, Yuma

 

New York Jets at Buffalo Bills (CBS) (T11)

Tom McCarthy, Jay Feely

9% of country/10 markets

Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo, Elmira-Corning, Erie, New York, Rochester, Syracuse, Utica, Watertown

 

Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions (Fox) (3)

Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis

68% of country/130 Markets

Abilene, Albany, Albuquerque, Alpena, Amarillo, Anchorage, Bakersfield, Baltimore, Bangor, Bend, Billings, Binghamton, Bluefield, Boise, Boston, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Burlington, Casper, Charleston, Charlottesville, Cheyenne, Chico, Clarksburg, Colorado Springs, Columbia, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Denver, Des Moines, Detroit, El Paso, Elmira, Erie, Eugene, Eureka, Evansville, Fairbanks, Flint, Fresno, Grand Junction, Grand Rapids, Green Bay, Guam, Harlingen, Harrisburg, Harrisonburg, Hartford, Honolulu, Houston, Idaho Falls, Jacksonville, Johnstown, Joplin, Juneau, Kansas City, Knoxville, La Crosse, Lafayette, Lansing, Laredo, Las Vegas, Lexington, Lincoln, Los Angeles, Louisville, Lubbock, Madison, Marquette, Medford, Miami, Milwaukee, Monterey, Nashville, New York, North Platte, Odessa, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Paducah, Palm Springs, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Portland, Presque Isle, Providence, Puerto Rico, Reno, Richmond, Roanoke, Rochester, Sacramento, Salisbury, Salt Lake City, San Angelo, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Seattle, Sherman, Spokane, Springfield, Springfield, St. Joseph, St. Louis, Syracuse, Toledo, Topeka, Traverse City, Tri-Cities, Tucson, Tulsa, Twin Falls, Tyler, US Virgin Islands, Utica, VictoriaWaco, Washington, Watertown, Wausau, West Palm Beach, Wichita, Wichita Falls, Wilkes-Barre, Yakima, Yuma

 

Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings (Fox) (T11)

Dick Stockton, Mark Schlereth

9% of the country/24 Markets

Butte, Cedar Rapids, Champaign, Chicago, Davenport, Duluth, Fargo, Fort Wayne, Great Falls, Helena, Mankato, Minneapolis, Minot, Missoula, Ottumwa, Peoria, Quincy, Rapid City, Rochester-MN, Rockford, Sioux City, Sioux Falls, South Bend, Springfield-Ill

 

New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers (Fox) (10)

Kenny Albert, Ronde Barber

13% of the country/36 Markets

Alexandria, Austin, Baton Rouge, Beaumont, Biloxi, Birmingham, Charleston, Charlotte, Columbia, Columbus, Dothan, Fort Smith, Greensboro, Greenville, Greenville, Greenwood, Hattiesburg, Huntsville, Indianapolis, Jackson-MS, Jackson-TN, Jonesboro, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Little Rock, Memphis, Meridian, Mobile, Monroe, Montgomery, Myrtle Beach, New Orleans, Norfolk, Panama City, Raleigh, Shreveport, Wilmington

 

Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Fox) (T13)

Tim Brando, Matt Millen

7% of country/12 Markets

Albany, Atlanta, Augusta, Chattanooga, Columbus, Fort Myers, Gainesville, Macon, Orlando, Savannah, Tallahassee, Tampa

 

Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals (Fox) (15)

Brandon Gaudin, Robert Smith

4% of country/7 Markets

Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Lima, Youngstown, Parkersburg

 

4:25 p.m ET

Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans (CBS) (5)

Jim Nantz, Tony Romo

49% of country/131 Markets

Abilene, Albany, Alexandria, Alpena, Amarillo, Anchorage, Atlanta, Augusta (na_ Sc), Austin, Baton Rouge, Beaumont, Biloxi, Birmingham, Bismarck, Bowling Green, Bryan , Cadillac, Cape Girardeau, Cedar Rapids, Champaign, Chattanooga, Chicago, Columbus_Ga., Columbus_Ms., Corpus Christi, Dallas, Des Moines, Detroit, Dickinson, Dodge City/Ensign, Dothan, Duluth – Chisholm, El Paso, Escanaba, Fairbanks, Fargo, Flint, Florence, Ft Myers , Ft Smith, Gainesville, Goodland, Grand Island, Greenbay, Greenville_Ms, Harlingen, Hattiesburg, Hays, Honolulu, Houston, Huntsville, Jackson, Jackson, Jefferson City, Johnson City, Jonesboro, Juneau, Kalamazoo, Kansas City, Ketchikan, Kirksville, Knoxville, La Crosse, Lafayette_La, Lake Charles, Lansing, Laredo, Lewiston, Lincoln, Little Rock, Lubbock , Macon, Madison, Mankato, Mason City, Memphis, Meridian, Miami , Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Minot, Mobile, Monroe, Montgomery, Nashville, New Orleans, North Platte, Odessa, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Orlando, Panama City Beach, Pasco, Peoria, Phoenix, Pittsburg, Portland, Quincy, Reliance, Rock Island, Rockford, San Angelo, San Antonio, Sault Saint Marie, Savannah, Seattle, Sherman, Shreveport, Sioux City, Sioux Falls, Sitka, Spartanburg, Spokane, Springfield, St Joseph, St. Louis, Tallahassee, Tampa, Topeka, Tucson, Tulsa, Tyler, Victoria, W. Palm Beach, Waco, Walker, Wausau, Wichita, Wichita Falls, Williston, Yakima

 

Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens (CBS) (7)

Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts

32% of country/54 Markets

Albany, Altoona, Baltimore, Bangor, Binghamton, Boston, Buffalo, Burlington, Charleston, Charlotte, Charlottesville, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbia, Columbus_Oh., Dayton, Elmira-corning, Erie, Florence, Greensboro, Greenville_Nc, Harrisburg, Harrisonburg, Hartford, Hazard, Huntington, Lewisburg, Lexington, Lima, Louisville, New York, Norfolk, Parkersburg, Philadelphia , Pittsburgh, Portland, Presque Isle, Providence, Raleigh, Richmond, Roanoke, Rochester, Salisbury, Scranton, Springfield, Syracuse, Toledo, Utica, Washington, Watertown, Weston, Wheeling, Wilmington, Youngstown

 

Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos (CBS) (9)

Andrew Catalon, James Lofton

16% of country/44 Markets

Albuquerque, Bakersfield, Bend, Billings, Boise, Bozeman, Butte, Casper, Cheyenne, Chico, Colorado Springs, Coos Bay, Denver, Durango, Eugene, Eureka, Fresno, Glendive, Grand Junction, Great Falls, Helena, Idaho Falls, Kalispell, Lander, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Medford, Missoula, Monterey, Montrose, Palm Springs, Rapid City, Reno, Rock Springs, Roseburg, Roswell, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Maria, Scottsbluff/Gering, Twin Falls, Yuma

 

Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars  (CBS) (16)

Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta

3% of country/7 Markets

Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Lafayette_In., Terre Haute, Evansville, South Bend

 

Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys (Fox) (2)

Joe Buck, Troy Aikman

71% of the country/176 Markets

Abilene, Albany, Albuquerque, Alexandria, Alpena, Amarillo, Anchorage, Atlanta, Augusta, Austin, Bakersfield, Baltimore, Baton Rouge, Beaumont, Bend, Billings, Biloxi, Birmingham, Bluefield, Boise, Bowling Green, Butte, Casper, Cedar Rapids, Charleston, Charleston, Charlotte, Charlottesville, Chattanooga, Cheyenne, Chicago, Chico, Cincinnati, Clarksburg, Cleveland, Colorado Springs, Columbia, Columbia, Columbus, Columbus, Columbus, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Davenport, Dayton, Denver, Des Moines, Detroit, Dothan, El Paso, Eugene, Eureka, Evansville, Fairbanks, Flint, Fort Myers, Fort Smith, Fort Wayne, Fresno, Gainesville, Grand Junction, Grand Rapids, Great Falls, Green Bay, Greensboro, Greenville, Greenville, Greenwood, Guam, Harlingen, Harrisonburg, Hattiesburg, Helena, Honolulu, Houston, Huntsville, Idaho Falls, Indianapolis, Jackson, Jackson, Jacksonville, Jonesboro, Joplin, Juneau, Kansas City, Knoxville, La Crosse, Lafayette, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Lansing, Laredo, Las Vegas, Lexington, Lima, Lincoln, Little Rock, Louisville, Lubbock, Macon, Madison, Mankato, Marquette, Medford, Memphis, Meridian, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Missoula, Mobile, Monroe, Monterey, Montgomery, Myrtle Beach, Nashville, New Orleans, Norfolk, North Platte, Odessa, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Orlando, Ottumwa, Paducah, Palm SpringsPanama City Parkersburg, Peoria, Portland, Puerto Rico, Quincy, Raleigh, Rapid City, Reno, Richmond, Roanoke,Rockford, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Angelo, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Savannah, Seattle, Sherman, Shreveport, Sioux City, Sioux Falls, South Bend, Spokane,  Springfield, St. Joseph, St. Louis, Tallahassee, Tampa, Terre Haute, Toledo, Topeka, Traverse City, Tri-Cities, Tulsa, Twin Falls, Tyler, US Virgin Islands, Victoria, Waco, Washington, Wausau,  Wheeling, Wichita, Wichita Falls, Wilmington, Yakima, Youngstown

 

Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants (Fox) (8)

Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman

21% of country/28 Markets

Albany, Bangor, Binghamton, Boston, Buffalo, Burlington, Champaign, Duluth, Elmira, Erie, Fargo, Harrisburg, Hartford, Johnstown, Miami, Minot, New York, Philadelphia, Springfield – Il, Springfield – Mo, Syracuse, Utica, Watertown, West Palm Beach, Wilkes-Barre

 

Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams (Fox) (T13)

Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston

7% of country, 4 markets

Los Angeles, Phoenix, Tucson, Yuma

 

8:20 p.m. ET

San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks (NBC) (1)

Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth

100% of Country

 

tim brando
Tim Brando

Tim Brando calls Fox’ Sunday afternoon matchup between the Falcons and Buccaneers, his first and only NFL game of the year. He will be paired with four-time Super Bowl champion Matt Millen.

Brando, 63, grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana and graduated from Louisiana–Monroe in 1978. In 1981, he would move to Baton Rouge to become a sports anchor for the city’s CBS affiliate and play-by-play announcer for LSU basketball. ESPN scooped him up in 1986, and he spent eight years with the Worldwide Leader as a SportsCenter anchor, play-by-play announcer, and the original host of College GameDay. It was during his time at ESPN that Brando started his long association with Raycom Sports as their lead ACC basketball announcer.

After a brief period working for SportSouth in Atlanta as one of the television voices of the Braves and Hawks, Brando joined CBS as a college basketball announcer. He called games in the NCAA tournament every year from 1996 until 2013, and also served as the studio host of the Eye Network’s SEC football coverage. From 1998 to 2003, he would call a partial NFL schedule for CBS.Brando joined Fox in 2014 as a college football and basketball announcer, primarily pairing with his former College Football Today partner, Spencer Tillman. Fox has also provided him with a return to NFL play-by-play, and he has called at least one NFL game in each of the last three seasons.

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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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