ESPN Sets Its Lineup Of NFL Shows For The 2007 Season

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Who wants to take a guess on how many shows ESPN will have across it's platform of Network?

Do I hear 5? How about 10? Anyone got 15??? Well you were close....there are 12 (12!) different programs involving the NFL across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN News, and ESPN Radio....

Sunday NFL Countdown (ESPN):

Host – Chris Berman
Analysts – Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson, Emmitt Smith and Chris Mortensen
Stadium Reporters – Bob Holtzman, Rachel Nichols, Wendi Nix, Sal Paolantonio and Ed Werder
Feature reporters – Greg Garber, Kenny Mayne and Nichols.

NFL Live (ESPN):

Host – Trey Wingo
Analysts – Merrill Hoge and Mark Schlereth

NFL PrimeTime (ESPN):

Host – Trey Wingo
Analysts – Mike Ditka, Merril Hoge and Mark Schlereth.

Monday Night Countdown (ESPN):

Hosts – Chris Berman (Bristol) and Stuart Scott (MNF city)
Analysts – Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson, Chris Mortensen and Bill Parcells (Bristol); Emmitt Smith and Steve Young (MNF city)

Monday Night Football (ABC):

Play by Play- Mike Tirico
Analysts- Ron Jaworski and Tony Kornheiser

NFL Match-Up (ESPN):

Host- Sal Palantonio
Analysts- Ron Jaworski and Merril Hoge

Football Friday (ESPN News):

Host- Stan Verrett

ESPNEWS Fantasy Insider (ESPN News):

Host- Matthew Berry (aka The Talented Mr. Roto)
Analysts- Howie Schwab and Merril Hoge

Countdown to Kick Off Sunday (ESPN Radio):

Host- Joe D'Ambrosio

The NFL on ESPN Radio (ESPN Radio):

Host- John Siebel
Analysts- Jeremy Green and Sean Salisbury

SportsBash (ESPN Radio):


The Keyshawn/Mortensen/Parcells Show (ESPN Radio):

You're going to have to search hard for some of those (Sal Pal's show is on Sundays at 3am), but that's your lineup.

“This is, bar none, the most impressive group of NFL analysts and experts ESPN has ever had,” said Norby Williamson, executive vice president, production, ESPN. “From the studio to the site of each week’s Monday Night Football game, we will entertain fans and deliver all the information they crave about the NFL.”
Thanks Norby! It's going to be a great year!!!

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 4:14 PM


Oh thank God, more Chris Berman!!!

GMoney said...
Jul 12, 2007, 5:17:00 PM  

Am I wrong, or was NFL PrimeTime always the Berman/Jackson vehicle, where they recapped every game from Sunday (with incredible incredible background music). Did they change that last year with the MNF move?

Anonymous said...
Jul 12, 2007, 5:41:00 PM  

That they did Anon....they did away with it.

Jul 12, 2007, 5:44:00 PM  

eh, as long as the music's still there. love me that music. gets stuck in my head for days.

Anonymous said...
Jul 12, 2007, 5:53:00 PM  

Hopefully Jaws will compliment TK a little better than Theismann could.

Although there's a part of me that wishes Tony would quit so he could do radio year-round. He's already done for the year on Washington Post Radio.

Chip Wesley said...
Jul 12, 2007, 6:37:00 PM  

Wow, so they take Berman off the one show he's good at?

Anonymous said...
Jul 12, 2007, 7:48:00 PM  

Yay! Three-fourths of the worst ESPN personality bracket!

More Merill Hoge is awesome!

Andrew said...
Jul 12, 2007, 7:51:00 PM  

Way too much. If I see another off-season NFL Live I'm going to smack a baby.

BD said...
Jul 12, 2007, 8:48:00 PM  

Wow, so they take Berman off the one show he's good at?
NBC wanted the 7pm hour for their own Sunday night pregame/highlight show, the one with about 15 different talking heads.

It figures that the only NFL show that doesn't feature Berman and his schtick, and actually has Jaworski breaking down film and tendencies, is the one that ESPN buries.

Big Al said...
Jul 12, 2007, 8:58:00 PM  

Berman and Jackson didn't do Primetime last year either

they do "The Blitz" on Sportscenter, atleast they did. It wasn't the same as Primetime though

Anonymous said...
Jul 12, 2007, 9:53:00 PM  

There's a thing called overexposure, and that's what the NFL is suffering from. When ESPN talks about the NFL 25% of the time in March, that's ridiculous. Never mind college basketball, the NBA and NHL playoff chases, and the fact that spring training is here.

I don't know about you guys, but ESPN has this tendency to "recap" every single freaking thing that happens (i.e. specific Plays of the Year for each and every team). Eli Manning opens his piehole about Tiki Barber and it makes it onto the 6 o'clock Sportscenter. Jon Gruden makes a statement to a Tampa Bay newspaper and it's headline material.

I think that the NFL is pretty cool, but I can't believe how much they talk about it. They conjure up random things to talk about like, "how will the Rams do this year?" I just don't think that it's relevant right now compared to other events in the sporting world.

Eric said...
Jul 12, 2007, 10:02:00 PM  

Shoot me in the face. Another football season full of chris berman yelling "Jacked Up!"

Don said...
Jul 12, 2007, 11:26:00 PM  

"...the most impressive group of NFL analysts..."

Has he ever heard Merrill Hoge speak?

Jul 12, 2007, 11:28:00 PM  

MNF is on ESPN.

nosaj56 said...
Jul 13, 2007, 1:19:00 AM  

I think i'm going to overdose on wrong football predictions.

Covert Jerk said...
Jul 13, 2007, 2:28:00 AM  

Man, I can't wait to see Rok Hoover cover the NFL.

What a talent.

hollywood wags said...
Jul 13, 2007, 8:45:00 AM  

Merrill Hoge is a hack.

Anonymous said...
Jul 13, 2007, 8:59:00 AM  

It's too bad they can't keep Young on Countdown to have to deal with what is sure to be Keyshawn's ineptness

Jeff Hawkins said...
Jul 13, 2007, 11:14:00 AM  

Define "poetic justice":

ESPN acquires Monday Night Football, blows up its NFL to new, unprecedented heights of hype, treats every freakin' MNF game like the Super Bowl...and NBC's Sunday Night Football is immediately superior in every way. Love it.

Kyle said...
Jul 14, 2007, 1:13:00 AM  

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