List of Pro Bowl broadcasters

List of Pro Bowl broadcasters

The following is a list of the television networks and announcers who have broadcast the National Football League's Pro Bowl throughout the years.

1950s

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s)
1951 not televised
1952 NBC Harry Wismer Bill Stern
1953 NBC Bud Foster Mark Scott
1954 DuMont Tom Harmon Red Grange
1955 not televised
1956 not televised
1957 not televised
1958 NBC Joe Tucker Van Patrick
1959 NBC Jim Gibbons Van Patrick
Notes
  • The DuMont Television Network obtained rights to the 1955 game from the Los Angeles Newspaper Charities just one week before the game date. As they had trouble lining up affiliates to cover the game on such short notice, the telecast was cancelled.
  • Both NBC and CBS passed on the rights to the 1957 game. ABC apparently considered televising the game, but could not gain enough clearance of affiliates to make a telecast feasible. So for the third straight year, there was no telecast.

1960s

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s)
1960 NBC Bob Kelley Ray Scott
1961 NBC Lindsey Nelson Frankie Albert
1962 NBC Lindsey Nelson Chuck Thompson
1963 NBC Chuck Thompson Ken Coleman
1964 NBC Chris Schenkel George Connor
1965 NBC Ken Coleman Gordie Soltau
1966 CBS Jack Drees Frank Gifford
1967 CBS Lindsey Nelson Pat Summerall
1968 CBS Jack Buck Tom Brookshier
1969 CBS Jack Whitaker Pat Summerall

1970s

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Sideline reporter(s)
1970 CBS Don Criqui Frank Gifford Frank Glieber
1971 CBS Jack Whitaker Frank Gifford Bruce Roberts
1972 NBC Curt Gowdy Al DeRogatis  
1973 CBS Frank Glieber Alex Hawkins Bruce Roberts
1974 NBC Curt Gowdy Al DeRogatis  
1975 ABC Frank Gifford Howard Cosell and Alex Karras  
1976 ABC Frank Gifford Howard Cosell and Alex Karras  
1977 ABC Frank Gifford Howard Cosell and Alex Karras  
1978 ABC Frank Gifford Howard Cosell and Don Meredith  
1979 ABC Frank Gifford Howard Cosell and Don Meredith  
Notes

1980s

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Sideline reporter(s)
1980 ABC Al Michaels Howard Cosell and Fran Tarkenton Lynn Swann
1981 ABC Frank Gifford Howard Cosell and Fran Tarkenton Lynn Swann
1982 ABC Al Michaels Fran Tarkenton Lynn Swann and Russ Francis
1983 ABC Frank Gifford Howard Cosell and Fran Tarkenton Lynn Swann
1984 ABC Frank Gifford O. J. Simpson Lynn Swann
1985 ABC Frank Gifford Don Meredith Lynn Swann
1986 ABC Frank Gifford O. J. Simpson and Joe Namath Tim Brant
1987 ABC Al Michaels Frank Gifford Lynn Swann
1988 ESPN Mike Patrick Roy Firestone  
1989 ESPN Mike Patrick Joe Theismann  
Notes

1990s

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Sideline reporter(s)
1990 ESPN Mike Patrick Joe Theismann Chris Berman
1991 ESPN Mike Patrick Joe Theismann Chris Berman
1992 ESPN Mike Patrick Joe Theismann Chris Berman
1993 ESPN Mike Patrick Joe Theismann Chris Berman
1994 ESPN Mike Patrick Joe Theismann Chris Berman
1995 [4] ABC Al Michaels Frank Gifford and Dan Dierdorf Lynn Swann and Lesley Visser
1996 ABC Al Michaels Frank Gifford and Dan Dierdorf Lynn Swann and Lesley Visser
1997 ABC Al Michaels Frank Gifford and Dan Dierdorf Lynn Swann and Lesley Visser
1998 ABC Al Michaels Frank Gifford and Dan Dierdorf Lynn Swann and Lesley Visser
1999 ABC Al Michaels Dan Dierdorf and Boomer Esiason Lesley Visser and Dan Fouts

2000s

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Sideline reporter(s)
2000 ABC Al Michaels Boomer Esiason Lesley Visser and Dan Fouts
2001 ABC Al Michaels Dan Fouts and Dennis Miller Eric Dickerson and Melissa Stark
2002 ABC Al Michaels Dan Fouts and Dennis Miller Eric Dickerson and Melissa Stark
2003 ABC Al Michaels Dan Fouts Melissa Stark and Lynn Swann
2004 ESPN Mike Patrick Joe Theismann and Paul Maguire Suzy Kolber and Chris Mortensen
2005 ESPN Mike Patrick Joe Theismann and Paul Maguire Suzy Kolber and Michele Tafoya
2006 ESPN Mike Patrick Joe Theismann and Paul Maguire Suzy Kolber and Michele Tafoya
2007 CBS Greg Gumbel Phil Simms and Dan Dierdorf Shannon Sharpe
2008 Fox Kenny Albert Daryl Johnston Tony Siragusa and Brian Baldinger
2009 NBC Al Michaels Cris Collinsworth Andrea Kremer and Tiki Barber
Notes
  • In 20042006, ABC (who by the early 2000s, had been suffering through several years of dismal ratings) sold its rights to the Pro Bowl (which had been part of the Monday Night Football package since 1995) to sister network ESPN. In those years, the ESPN Sunday Night Football crew covered the game. Prior to the game being moved to ESPN, ABC considered moving the game to Monday night.
  • Under the eight year television contract beginning in 2006, the network that broadcasts the Super Bowl would also get the Pro Bowl. Typically, CBS and Fox would utilize their "B" or "Number 2" broadcasting crew.

2010s

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Sideline reporter(s)
2010 ESPN[5] Mike Tirico Ron Jaworski and Jon Gruden Michele Tafoya and Suzy Kolber
2011 Fox Thom Brennaman Brian Billick and Terry Bradshaw Tony Siragusa and Jay Glazer
2012 NBC[6] Dan Hicks Mike Mayock and Doug Flutie Alex Flanagan and Randy Moss
2013 NBC Al Michaels Cris Collinsworth Michele Tafoya and Doug Flutie
2014 NBC Al Michaels Cris Collinsworth Michele Tafoya and Doug Flutie
Notes
  • The 2010 game was the first time ever that the Pro Bowl was held prior to the championship game. It was held the weekend before Super Bowl XLIV.[7] NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the move was made after looking at alternatives to strengthen the Pro Bowl.[8] The game was also moved up in order to prevent a conflict that would have occurred if the game had taken place on February 13 or 14 (CBS would have rights, and based on the 52nd Grammy Awards, would have moved the game to the Saturday, as they did in 2007), with the game facing against the NBA All-Star Game, Winter Olympics, and Daytona 500.
    • CBS gave up the rights to the 2013 game to NBC.[9]
  • ESPN will have the rights to the Pro Bowl for eight years beginning in 2015.[10]

See also

References

  1. ^ 1986 ABC NFL Pro Bowl Promo on YouTube
  2. ^ "NFL lifts TV blackout as Pro Bowl nears sellout". 
  3. ^ "Pro Bowl Blackout Date Extended".  
  4. ^ "1995 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl". Hollywood.com. Archived from the original on 2008-07-07. 
  5. ^ "40th Season of Monday Night Football".  
  6. ^ Fang, Ken (January 26, 2012). "NBC Kicks Off Super Bowl Week With the 2012 Pro Bowl From Hawaii". Fang's Bites (blog). Archived from the original on January 27, 2012. Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Pro Bowl to precede Super Bowl".  
  8. ^ "2010 Pro Bowl moving to Miami, will be played before Super Bowl".  
  9. ^ "Notes: CBS Gives 2013 Pro Bowl to NBC (Also: Olympic Streaming, Music City Bowl)". Sports Media Watch. 18 April 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  10. ^ Malloy, Tim; Lucas Shaw (September 8, 2011). Monday Night Football' to Remain on ESPN Through 2021"'".  

External links

  • The Complete History of the Pro Bowl
  • ESPN to televise 2010 Pro Bowl.
  • Pro Bowl Numbers Game
  • Episode List: AFC/NFC Pro Bowl - TV Tango

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