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RAY LEWIS JOINS THE CAST OF “INSIDE THE NFL” AS LEGENDARY SERIES BEGINS

10th SEASON ON SHOWTIME® AND 40th SEASON ON TELEVISION

 

Two-Time Super Bowl Champion Joins Veteran Series Analysts Phil Simms, Boomer Esiason and Host James Brown; INSIDE THE NFL Premieres Tuesday, Sept. 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT with Weekly Episodes Every Tuesday Night on SHOWTIME

 

NEW YORK (July 26, 2017) – INSIDE THE NFL, the longest running series on cable television, is set to begin its 10th season on SHOWTIME and 40th season on television.  Two-time Super Bowl Champion and 17-year NFL veteran linebacker Ray Lewis joins analysts Phil Simms, a two-time Super Bowl Champion and Super Bowl XXI MVP, and Boomer Esiason, 1988 NFL MVP and four-time Pro-Bowler, along with Sports Emmy® Award winning host James Brown when INSIDE THE NFL premieres on Tuesday, Sept. 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.

 

The Sports Emmy Award winning series covers every game, every week, with trademark highlights from NFL Films, special in-depth features and spirited debate on the game’s hottest topics.  Weekly episodes of INSIDE THE NFL, produced by SHOWTIME Sports, CBS Sports and NFL Films, air on SHOWTIME on-air, on demand and over the internet every Tuesday throughout the NFL season concluding on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, just days following Super Bowl LII. 

 

Going into its 40th season, INSIDE THE NFL is still the only program that features the iconic NFL Films highlights of every NFL game every week,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports.  “The series also delivers incisive analysis and timely, thoughtful debate on the league's most provocative topics, making INSIDE THE NFL must-see TV for sports fans.  We are excited to welcome future Hall of Famer Ray Lewis to our team.  Ray is experienced, knowledgeable and opinionated, and he will be a great fit on the set with JB, Phil and Boomer.”  

 

Lewis, one of the most decorated linebackers in NFL history, spent the entirety of his career with the Baltimore Ravens, where he led the franchise to two Super Bowl titles, including Super Bowl XXXV where he earned the game’s MVP award.  Revered in Baltimore and a force on the field, Lewis retired in 2012 after 13 Pro Bowl seasons finishing his career with 228 games played and 41.5 career sacks.  In addition to his work on INSIDE THE NFL, Lewis will serve as a commentator on FS1 throughout the season.  He previously served as NFL commentator on ESPN for three seasons.

 

INSIDE THE NFL has won four Sports Emmy Awards since its premiere on SHOWTIME in 2008, including twice for Best Studio Show—Weekly.  The executive producers of INSIDE THE NFL are Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports, Stephen Espinoza of SHOWTIME Sports and Ross Ketover and Pat Kelleher of NFL Films.  Pete Radovich Jr., the Emmy Award-winning Senior Creative Director for CBS Sports, serves as coordinating producer.

 

For more information about INSIDE THE NFL, visit SHO.com, follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and join the conversation using #INSIDETHENFL.

 

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About Showtime Networks Inc.

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About NFL Films

NFL Films – winner of 121 Sports Emmy Awards – remains a gold standard in sports television, providing unprecedented access to and legendary storytelling about the sport of professional football. NFL Films is a part of NFL Media, the owned and operated media division of the National Football League which is comprised of NFL Network, NFL Films, NFL.com, NFL Now, NFL Mobile from Verizon and NFL RedZone. With more than 100 million feet of film in its library, NFL Films is the historical backbone of NFL Network.

 

 

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