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NFL Week #5: CBS and Fox regional geography; Schedules for the 4 networks; and full list of announcers

Buck and Aikman back on Sunday; Nantz and Romo have Broncos-Chargers; Dick Stockton gets London game; Profile of Chris Myers

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Time flies. We’re at week # 5 already. CBS has the singleton, Fox the doubleheader. CBS produces 6 telecasts, NBC 1, ESPN 1, Fox 6 alone and 1 collaboratively with the NFL Network on Thursday night. Detroit and Miami have the bye-week off.

Jake Baskin has a well summarized thumbnail below of Chris Myers, one of the most versatile broadcasters Fox has in its stable. The profile follows the schedule.

Halby’s mouthfuls

  • Nice to see Sara Walsh on Fox’ roster. Back in 2017, Sara was looking forward to returning to her anchor job at ESPN when she was laid off. At the time she tweeted, “I was truly excited to return to work today from maternity leave with the twins,” adding, “Unfortunately, I will not be coming back as I was included in the recent layoffs.” Walsh will work the Fox sidelines this weekend in Houston, joining Kenny Albert and Ronde Barber on the Falcons-Texans telecast. 
  • For Wes Durham, the Falcons’ radio voice, it will be a quick turnaround. He calls the Carolina-Tech game on the ACC Network Saturday afternoon and then flies to Houston for the high noon NFL game on Sunday. As for Kenny, it’s too much. He’s been assigned baseball Friday on Saturday in Houston, then does football Sunday.
  • Sam Rosen gets his first NFL assignment of the year, filling in for the capable Kevin Burkhardt who brings a natural warmth to the microphone. 
  • For Dick Stockton, it’s off to London. What ever happened to the Supersonics? No, not the basketball team. They’re in Oklahoma. I’m talking the supersonic plane. The time to fly to London hasn’t changed a bit since I was a kid. We’ve put a man on the moon, developed SmartPhones and mobile banking but we can’t permanently shave any time off cross-Atlantic flying.
  • NBC says that its Sunday night telecast between the Saints and Cowboys was the most-watched regular-season game on the network in nearly three years The Cowboys-Saints total audience delivery of 24.7 million viewers across NBC TV, NBC Sports Digital and NFL Digital platforms, represents a 35% increase over last year’s Week 4 game, 18.2 million for Ravens-Steelers.
  • Joe Buck returns to football this Sunday. Meanwhile, baseball coverage is on Fs1, not mainstream Fox. Yes, post-season baseball has been bumped. Nice. Baseball is getting only a little more play than the WNBA playoffs. 
  • CBS management is touting its numbers. It says, “Through the first quarter of the NFL season, the NFL season-to-date rating is its highest in three years, up 5%, averaging an 11.0/23 household rating/share in the metered markets (2016; 11.3/23).
  • Fox too released a healthy number. Its early season NFL ratings were up 7%

 

WEEK 5

Thursday, October 03, 2019

Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks,  8:20p FOX/NFLN/Amazon

Joe Buck, Troy Aikman on Fox; Hannah Storm, Andrea Kremer on Amazon

100% of America

Sunday, October 06, 2019

Jacksonville Jaguars at Carolina Panthers 1:00p CBS

Andrew Catalon, James Lofton

9% of America, Mostly from Northern Florida through the Carolinas and outlier Spokane, Wash, about 20 markets in all

Arizona Cardinals at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00p FOX

Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman

4% of the U.S. No game today gets less coverage, 8 markets, 3 in Arizona and 5 in and around Cincy. Thom is well known there. He’s the TV voice of the Reds.

Atlanta Falcons at Houston Texans  1:00p FOX

Kenny Albert, Ronde Barber

Kenny will need a stiff drink when he’s done with his busy weekend of baseball and football. The gridiron game goes to 10% of the country, much of Texas but not Dallas and all of Georgia, plus Birmingham and Chattanooga. 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints 1:00p FOX

Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston

The underrated Myers and the loquacious Johnston will preside over a telecast going to 15% of U.S. TV sets, through red states for the most part; Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas and the Carolina

Minnesota Vikings at New York Giants  1:00p FOX

Sam Rosen, Charles Davis

Fox’ most widely distributed game in the 1p window is this one, 35%. It will dominate the Northeast, blanket the Upper Midwest and penetrate four North Texas markets including Dallas. Tulsa and Oklahoma City get this one too. And if you’re in Guam, the Giants and Vikings are yours

Chicago Bears at Oakland Raiders (London) 6:00p (BST) 1:00p FOX

Dick Stockton, Mark Schlereth

34% of the country can watch this. The telecast will dominate the Midwest and West. Think Chicago, LA, SF, Seattle, Detroit and about 45 more markets. Dinner time in London and brunch time in Northern California. Brent Musburger will call the game on Raiders radio. God bless Brent. He’s spry and hale and 80 years young! Stockton ain’t far behind. He turns 77 in November. Sounds good too

New York Jets at Philadelphia Eagles 1:00p CBS

Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon

The big voice and the ex-QB will boom into 10% of the U.S., beginning with NY and Philly, plus all three North Dakota markets, which if you’re wondering are: Bismarck, Minot and Fargo

Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00p CBS

Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts

Distributed to 18% of our wonderful land, from the Mid-Atlantic through Illinois but not Chicago. Other geography includes Oklahoma, Arkansas and Indiana

Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans 1:00p CBS

Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta

Telecast will be seen in only 5% of the country, less than any other CBS telecast. Upstate NY, Tennessee and a few markets in neighboring southern states – About 18 markets in all

New England Patriots at Washington Redskins  1:00p CBS

Greg Gumbel, Trent Green

Gets more distribution in the 1 o’clock window than the other CBS games, 29%. The Mid-Atlantic, Texas and a large north-south swath of America’s heartland are airing it

Denver Broncos at Los Angeles Chargers 4:05p CBS

Jim Nantz, Tony Romo

Much of the west, virtually all of California, Denver, Phoenix, plus Chicago, Minneapolis, Houston and Atlanta – 29%

Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys 4:25p FOX

Joe Buck, Troy Aikman

No baseball for Joe this weekend but fans have Aikman and Buck back for the NFL for the first time on Sundays in three weeks. Name the market and it’s a pretty good chance this great rivalry will be aired there. Fox is feeding it to 99% of America.

Indianapolis Colts at Kansas City Chiefs 8:20p NBC

Al Michaels  Cris Collinsworth

100% of America

Monday, October 07, 2019

Cleveland Browns at San Francisco 49ers (Mon) 5:15p (PT) 8:15p ESPN

Joe Tessitore, Booger McFarland

100% of America

by Jake Baskin

Image result for chris myers espnChris Myers, 60, has the call of the NFC South matchup between the Buccaneers and Saints. He works alongside former Cowboys fullback Daryl Johnston. The two are in their third season together as Fox’s #5 broadcast team.

Myers has been a professional sportscaster since his teen years in the mid-1970s, although not exclusively in a play-by-play role. He made his name as a reporter and host in his ten-year stint with ESPN, including as an anchor for SportsCenter and Baseball Tonight. He joined Fox in 1998 and soon received some major assignments, including being tabbed as the lead studio host for the network’s NASCAR coverage, a job he held for 18 years before limiting his role to just the Daytona 500.

Chris also worked extensively as a sideline reporter, covering six World Series and three BCS National Championship Games. And this coming Super Bowl will be his fifth in that capacity for Fox. On play-by-play, Myers called his first NFL game in 2003 and has worked a regular schedule in the #5 spot continuously since 2011, working with Tim Ryan and Ronde Barber before Johnston became his partner in 2017. He also is the secondary blow-by-blow announcer for Fox’s boxing coverage behind Kenny Albert.

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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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