CBS WAS THERE FOR THE FIRST AND WILL BE THERE FOR THE 50TH
CBS SPORTS TO BROADCAST SUPER BOWL 50 LIVE ON FEBRUARY 7
Jim Nantz and Phil Simms Joined by Tracy Wolfson and Evan Washburn to Call Historic Super Bowl
CBS Sports’ Seven Hours of Super Bowl Pre-Game Coverage Featuring
THE SUPER BOWL TODAY Originates from Four Sets - One Set in Super Bowl City in
San Francisco and Three Sets from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara
James Brown Hosts Eighth Super Bowl with Boomer Esiason, Bill Cowher, along with
Tony Gonzalez and Bart Scott Making Their Super Bowl Broadcast Debuts
CBS Sports Network’s Extended Post-Game Show,
SUPER BOWL TODAY POST-GAME SHOW, Wraps Up CBS’s Super Bowl Coverage
On January 15, 1967, CBS Sports’ Ray Scott and Jack Whitaker welcomed viewers of the CBS Television Network to “this first meeting ever between the American Football League and National Football League,” in what would become known as Super Bowl I. (Click here for link to CBS press releases from Super Bowl I to 50: http://www.cbspressexpress.com/cbs-sports/media-guides/super-bowl-50/)
On Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016 (6:30 PM, ET, kick-off), CBS Sports’ Jim Nantz and Phil Simms will set the scene to call the Golden Celebration of that “first meeting” as the CBS Television Network culminates its coverage of the 2015-16 NFL season with SUPER BOWL 50 live from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. Super Bowl 50 will mark the Network’s 19th Super Bowl broadcast overall, the most of any network.
Nantz and Simms will call the action, marking their fourth time calling the game together. Nantz will call play-by-play for his fourth Super Bowl and sixth overall as he hosted two others for the Network. Simms will provide analysis for his eighth Super Bowl, second only to John Madden as analyst for the most Super Bowl broadcasts, and the sixth for CBS Sports. Nantz and Simms will be joined on the broadcast by reporters Tracy Wolfson and Evan Washburn, who will serve as sideline reporters for their first Super Bowl, as well as NFL Officiating Expert Mike Carey and contributor Jay Feely.
The Network’s live four-hour Super Bowl pre-game show, THE SUPER BOWL TODAY (2:00 PM, ET), will include host James Brown, analysts Boomer Esiason, Bill Cowher, Tony Gonzalez and Bart Scott, along with Ian Eagle, Greg Gumbel, Trent Green and Amy Trask, NFL Insider Jason La Canfora, as well as reporters Wolfson, Washburn and Allie LaForce, and Contributor Jim Rome. Other contributing guests including players and coaches will be announced later.
Brown will host his eighth Super Bowl pre-game show, while Gonzalez and Scott will make their Super Bowl broadcast debuts. Also working their first Super Bowl broadcast will be Eagle, Green, Trask, Carey, and LaForce.
CBS Sports’ coverage of Super Bowl 50 will begin at 11:00 AM, ET with seven hours of pregame* followed by Super Bowl 50 and post-game coverage.
11:00 AM, ET – SUPER BOWL 50: BEFORE THEY WERE PROS (NFL Films)
12:00 NOON, ET - ROAD TO THE SUPER BOWL (NFL Films)
1:00 PM, ET - PHIL SIMMS ALL-IRON TEAM: SUPER BOWL EDITION
2:00-6:00 PM, ET - THE SUPER BOWL TODAY
6:00-6:30 PM, ET – SUPER BOWL ON CBS KICK-OFF SHOW
6:30 PM, ET – SUPER BOWL 50
*detailed descriptions below
In addition, CBS Sports Network, the 24-hour cable home of CBS Sports, will debut its Super Bowl coverage with more than 75 hours of original programming including extended post-game coverage with SUPER BOWL TODAY POST-GAME SHOW, hosted by Brown, Esiason, Cowher, Gonzalez and Scott.
Sean McManus is Chairman, CBS Sports and serves as Executive Producer for the Network’s coverage of THE NFL ON CBS and Super Bowl 50. David Berson is President, CBS Sports. Harold Bryant is Executive Producer and Senior Vice President, Production, CBS Sports. Super Bowl 50 will be produced by Lance Barrow, Coordinating Producer and Lead Game Producer, THE NFL ON CBS, and directed by Mike Arnold, Lead Game Director, THE NFL ON CBS.
THE SUPER BOWL TODAY will be produced by Drew Kaliski, Producer, THE NFL TODAY, and directed by Bob Matina, Director, THE NFL TODAY.
Armando Quintero and Benny Ricardo will call the SAP (Secondary Audio Programming) broadcast of Super Bowl 50.
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Following is a preliminary schedule of pre-game programming on CBS (all times Eastern):
11:00 AM, ET: SUPER BOWL 50: BEFORE THEY WERE PROS—Through the lens of Super Bowl 50 and the Super Bowl High School Honor Roll, we will showcase the impact of high school football across America. In SUPER BOWL 50: BEFORE THEY WERE PROS we will follow NFL players and legends who made it to the pinnacle of their sport as they go back to the communities that helped shape them into men of high character. NFL Films will follow these players to capture the lessons that the game of football has taught them by highlighting stories of family, resiliency, teamwork and mentorship.
12:00 NOON, ET: ROAD TO THE SUPER BOWL—ROAD TO THE SUPER BOWL is NFL Films’ annual look back at the greatest sights and sounds of the 2015 NFL season. Culled by NFL Films producers, the one-hour special will feature the best of nearly 100 players and coaches wired for sound, focusing on the most exciting moments and the best teams on the journey to Santa Clara for Super Bowl 50. Original orchestral music was once again used in producing the show. ROAD TO THE SUPER BOWL debuted following the 1969 season.
1:00 PM, ET: PHIL SIMMS ALL-IRON TEAM: SUPER BOWL EDITION sponsored by GEICO —A true Football Lovers show, CBS Sports’ lead NFL analyst and former N.Y. Giants Super Bowl XXI MVP Phil Simms, along with Tracy Wolfson, will take a look back at the evolution of the Super Bowl over the last 50 years and will highlight a player or coach from each decade that represents what the Super Bowl was about at that time. Those highlighted include: New York Jets legendary Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath (1960’s), Minnesota Vikings legendary Hall of Fame head coach Bud Grant (1970’s), Chicago Bears Hall of Famer Mike Singletary (1980’s), Hall of Famer Deion Sanders (1990’s), Drew Bledsoe, talking about the Patriots teams of the 2000’s, as well as Oakland Raiders/Green Bay Packers great and Super Bowl champion Charles Woodson (2010’s). In addition, the show will feature legendary broadcaster Dick Enberg, who called eight Super Bowls including the first one Simms worked as an analyst in 1996. Enberg will talk about his memories as a broadcaster, including being involved with Super Bowl I in Los Angeles. [The All-Iron Trophy is an old fashioned iron emblematic of Simms’ obsession with ironing. According to his mother, as a child Phil pressed his football and baseball uniforms, and to this day remains committed to creases.]
2:00 PM, ET: THE SUPER BOWL TODAY—With a focus on celebrating the pageantry of Super Bowl 50 and the teams and players participating, THE SUPER BOWL TODAY also will look back at the history leading up to the game with special features, historic vignettes that encapsulate the eras surrounding the Super Bowl, past and present player interviews and will look to the future of what the Super Bowl will be like in the next 50 years. (More details on features will be announced in the coming weeks.)
Originating live from sets at Super Bowl City at the foot of Market Street in San Francisco and Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, James Brown, Boomer Esiason, Bill Cowher, Tony Gonzalez and Bart Scott, along with Ian Eagle and Greg Gumbel, will host the Network’s pre-game show previewing all the football and excitement leading up to Super Bowl 50. Trent Green, Amy Trask, NFL Insider Jason La Canfora, reporters Tracy Wolfson, Evan Washburn, and Allie LaForce, along with Contributor Jim Rome, also will cover the pre-game activities.
6:00 PM, ET: SUPER BOWL ON CBS KICK-OFF SHOW
The SUPER BOWL ON CBS KICK-OFF SHOW featuring pre-game musical performances, the singing of the National Anthem, team introductions and a special tribute to Super Bowl MVPs.
6:30 PM, ET: SUPER BOWL 50 – Kick-off of Super Bowl 50 live from Santa Clara on the CBS Television Network.
SUPER BOWL TODAY POST-GAME SHOW and Trophy Presentation – Brown, Esiason, Cowher, Gonzalez and Scott will recap the highlights of Super Bowl 50 and Nantz will present the Lombardi Trophy to the Super Bowl 50 champions.
Immediately following the SUPER BOWL TODAY POST-GAME SHOW, extended post-game coverage will continue live with Brown, Esiason, Cowher, Gonzalez and Scott on the SUPER BOWL TODAY POST-GAME SHOW on CBS Sports Network.
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