List of Pro Football Hall of Fame Game broadcasters
The following is a list of the television networks and announcers that have broadcast the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game throughout the years.
Fawcett Stadium is within 75 miles of numerous television markets in northeast Ohio and western Pennsylvania (and is part of the Cleveland market); as such, the NBC affiliates were required to black out the game in the rare event the game did not sell out. Because Fawcett Stadium only holds 22,375 fans (less than half the NFL's minimum requirements for its stadiums) and the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies bring large numbers of outside fans to Canton, the game has, to date, always sold out (several NFL teams, as well as the Super Bowl, have similarly enjoyed long sellout streaks).
- The 2016 game will air on NFL Network due to NBC's coverage of the Summer Olympics from Rio de Janeiro.
- Paul Burmeister of the NFL Network filled-in for Michele Tafoya as NBC's sideline reporter during the 2015 game because Tafoya was on another assignment for NBC.
- Had the 2011 game been played, it would have aired on NBC and featured Al Michaels on play-by-play, Cris Collinsworth on color commentary, and Michele Tafoya reporting from the sidelines.
- Adam Schefter of the NFL Network filled-in for Andrea Kremer as NBC's sideline reporter during the 2008 game because Kremer away in Beijing covering the Summer Olympics for NBC.
- In 2007 and 2008 the game was broadcast live in both Ireland and the United Kingdom by Sky Sports. ESPN America (formerly North American Sports Network) broadcasts the game in the rest of Europe. It was not shown in 2009 because of a dispute between Sky Sports and the NFL over TV rights.
- Starting in 2006, it was moved to Sunday night, coinciding with the new NBC Sunday Night Football television package. The 2007 game was telecast on NFL Network as NBC was intending to televise the China Bowl game in Beijing, China (a game which was postponed to 2009 and later canceled).
From 1998-2005, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game was held on Monday night (and the 1998 game was on a Saturday night), televised as part of ABC's Monday Night Football package.
- From 1998-2005, the Global Television Network aired the game in Canada, simulcasting ABC; upon the move to Sunday night in 2006, the CTV Television Network aired the game until 2010. With CTV airing the Summer Olympics, TSN broadcast the Hall of Fame Game in 2012. Azteca 7 aired Spanish-language coverage of the Hall of Fame Game in Mexico from 1998-2005; the Game moved to Canal 5 in 2006 and aired on that station until 2010. Due to Televisa's Summer Olympics coverage, the Hall of Fame Game moved to Televisa Deportes in 2012.
- Bill Flemming filled-in for Frank Gifford on play-by-play for the 1984 game because Gifford was covering the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles for ABC.
- Beginning in 1971, the Hall of Fame Game was televised as part of ABC's Wide World of Sports package on Saturday afternoons. This practice would continue until 1998.
|1968||CBS||Frank Glieber||George Connor|
|1966||No game was played.|
|1965||CBS||Van Patrick||Pat Summerall and Sonny Grandelius|
Dial Global owns national radio rights; it is the only exhibition game to air on a nationwide network. Each team's radio network is also allowed to broadcast the games (albeit usually with fewer affiliates since exhibition games are traditionally much lower priority to non-sports and non-flagship stations).
- Hall of Fame Game numbers game.
- NFL Exhibition Games on National TV (1965-72)
- NFL Exhibition Games on National TV (1973-81)
- NFL Exhibition Games on National TV (1982-90)
- NFL Exhibition Games on National TV (1991-1999)
- NFL Exhibition Games on National TV (2000-2008)