NBC Adds Holmgren And Dungy To Super Bowl Broadcast

Thursday, January 22, 2009

And you thought adding Matt Millen would mean there were still too many people on the set. Tsk tsk. NBC announced this evening that ex-Coaches, Mike Holmgren and Tony Dungy, will be joining their studio coverage for Super Bowl XLIII, which starts at Noon on February 1st. Via NBC PR....

NEW YORK – January 22, 2009 – Tony Dungy and Mike Holmgren, who as NFL head coaches combined to win two Super Bowl rings and reach four Super Bowls, will join NBC's pregame coverage of Super Bowl XLIII, which begins at 12 noon, ET on Sunday, Feb. 1. The announcement was made today by Dick Ebersol, Chairman, NBC Universal Sports & Olympics and Executive Producer of NBC's Super Bowl broadcast.

"Over the past few years I've enjoyed getting to know Tony and Mike through numerous production meetings and have been impressed by the way they handled themselves not only as coaches and communicators but also as men," said Ebersol. "What I learned is that in addition to their obvious Super Bowl credentials, Mike and Tony share extraordinary storytelling ability. We're excited to have them make their broadcast debuts with us. I'm sure viewers will enjoy their unique perspective and insights as Super Bowl coaches."
Ugh. I think Dungy and Holmgren are fine individuals, as well as Coaches, but the number of people involved with this broadcast is going to be staggering. By my count you're looking at a total of thirteen different people on-air, by the time the game finishes up that Sunday night. That's just waaaaaay, way too many.

Posted by Awful Announcing at 4:24 PM


Let's see....the amount of people on FNIA at the Super Bowl....

Bob Costas
Dan Patrick
Keith Olbermann
Tiki Barber
Jerome Bettis
Cris Collinsworth
Peter King
Matt Millen
Al Michaels
John Madden
Andrea Kremer
Mike Holmgren
Tony Dungy

Let's remember though, this is going to be a 6-hour broadcast so while it may seem like a lot of people, for this long of a broadcast, I could see this as being a good thing. I'll probably be one of three people in the country to watch this thing in its entirety.

Justin F. said...
Jan 22, 2009, 5:24:00 PM  

Come on...the more the merrier. Perhaps Pacman and Plax could also be brought into the studio to add their unique perspectives. With Matt Millen aboard already, anything is possible.

Drew/Shawn Kemp

Faux Twitter said...
Jan 22, 2009, 5:26:00 PM  

I'm waiting for the announcement that the Coors Light press conference guys will be on the panel.

GMoney said...
Jan 22, 2009, 5:40:00 PM  

@JFein: That list will certainly grow because it's missing two things:

1) The bald dude from the Weather Channel
2) Some bad NBC TV show cross-promotion (SNL skit? Matt Millen in some variant of 'Deal or No Deal'?)

Jan 22, 2009, 6:41:00 PM  

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Anonymous said...
Jan 23, 2009, 5:52:00 AM  

Easy solution to the problem of too many people on the set: Don't watch. By game day, I have had so much pregame I don't need another minute, so I never turn the game on until about 30 minutes before kickoff. It gives me more time to spend reading that lover-couple blogspot site.

Anonymous said...
Jan 23, 2009, 11:13:00 AM  

I guess they asked Gruden but he was too busy waiting for his phone to ring for a head coaching job.

walnuts said...
Jan 23, 2009, 11:18:00 AM  

I think Dungy and Holmgren will do a great job. I think Jerome Bettis should be kicked to the curb because he's obviously biased.

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