Week #17 of #18: Decision time; TV geographic splits to accommodate regional races

  • The penultimate weekend of the NFL season. All the league’s 32 teams will be in action.
  • Fox has the doubleheader, CBS sails alone.
  • Tight races, lots of teams still have opportunities.
  • Eli Gold, deliberate and thick throated voice of the University of Alabama does Miami at Tennessee game on an ad-hoc radio network. Always liked his call. Doesn’t overdo it. I was surprised recently when he pegged Kevin Harlan as the best radio NFL voice today. You’re talking about two of the best. Well, Harlan has the same assignment Sunday, but for CBS TV.
  • I always liked Tom Rinaldi. He can drill an interviewee so softly that the subject never knew what hit him or her. I just wish Tom would be used a bit more consistently.
  • Mike Tirico is getting more preps prior to his expanded role next SNF season . He has Minnesota – Green Bay this New Year’s weekend. Kathryn Tappen and Cris Collinsworth join Tirico. The mystery behind Michele Tafoya’s absence is troubling. Maria Taylor came out of hiding last weekend. Look out.
  • The 506 and its well known and convenient maps are always helpful and convenience
  • NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will be the Mannings’ guest on ESPN’s MNF



Sunday, January 2

1 PM- Kansas City Chiefs at Cincinnati Bengals

CBSJim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson

 45%, 146 stations


1 PM- Miami Dolphins at Tennessee Titans

CBS: Kevin Harlan, Trent Green, Melanie Collins               

 7%, 15 stations


1 PM- Jacksonville Jaguars at New England Patriots

CBSAndrew Catalon, James Lofton, Sherree Burruss

 7%, 12 stations


1 PM- New York Giants at Chicago Bears

CBSSpero Dedes, Jay Feely

12%, 16 stations


1 PM- Los Angeles Rams at Baltimore Ravens

FOX: Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olson, Pam Oliver 

55%, 142 stations

1 PM- Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Football Team

FOXAdam Amin, Mark Schlereth, Shannon Spake

18%, 11 stations


1 PM- Las Vegas Raiders at Indianapolis Colts

FOX: Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Sara Walsh

10%, 22 stations


1 PM- Atlanta Falcons at Buffalo Bills

FOX: Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez, Laura Okmin

7%, 21 stations


1 PM- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New York Jets

FOX: Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston, Jennifer Hale

16%, 16 stations


4:05 PM- Denver Broncos at Los Angeles Chargers

CBS: Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, Evan Washburn

16%, 37 stations


4:05 PM- Houston Texans at San Francisco 49ers

CBSGreg Gumbel, Adam Archuleta, AJ Ross

13%, 14 stations

4:25 PM- Arizona Cardinals at Dallas Cowboys

FOX: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews, Tom Rinaldi

85%, 172 stations


4:25 PM- Detroit Lions at Seattle Seahawks

FOXGus Johnson, Aqib Talib, Megan Olivi

8%, 24 stations

4:25 PM- Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints

FOX: Brandon Gaudin, Matt Millen

6%, 16 stations

Sunday, January 2 – Sunday Night

8:20 PM- Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers

NBC, PeacockMike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth, Kathryn Tappen 

100% of U.S.

Monday, January 3

7 PM- Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers

ESPN, ESPN+Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick, Laura Rutledge 

83 Million subscribers




Kansas City @ Cincinnati NY Giants @ Chicago Miami @ Tennessee Jacksonville @ New England
Denver @ LA Chargers (LATE) Houston @ San Francisco (LATE)



█ LA Rams @ Baltimore Philadelphia @ Washington Las Vegas @ Indianapolis Atlanta @ Buffalo
Tampa Bay @ NY Jets

Arizona @ Dallas Detroit @ Seattle Carolina @ New Orleans
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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