It’s back to football for the NFL in 2012 as the league begins on a Wednesday night for the first time, and Week 1 will take six days to complete due to the one-day switch. We look at the broadcast crew changes for 2012 in the rundown of the NFL announcer assignments for 2012 Week 1 (Sept. 5-10).
Just as in 2011, the NFL will have its’ traditional weekday opener (usually on Thursday, but moved for the Democratic National Convention acceptance speech by President Barack Obama) as the New York Giants will raise their Super Bowl XLVI banner as they host Dallas on NBC.
What is new for 2012 is the 13 Thursday night games to be telecast on NFL Network, up from eight games in past seasons, beginning in Week 2.
That consistent Thursday game will shorten the amount of permanent crews needed by CBS and FOX by one to seven from eight. Here are the crews for 2012 (with change notes):
Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Mike Mayock (analyst) and Alex Flanagan (field reporter) – no change
NFL NETWORK CHANGES: The NFLN crew stays the same from 2011, but the network will show 13 Thursday games in 2012, up from the mix of seven Thursday games/one Saturday game in 2011.
1/A. Jim Nantz (play-by-play) and Phil Simms (analyst) – no change.
2/B. Greg Gumbel (play-by-play) and Dan Dierdorf (analyst) – no change
3/C. Ian Eagle (play-by-play) and Dan Fouts (analyst) – no change
4/D. Marv Albert (play-by-play) and Rich Gannon (analyst) – no change
5/E. Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) and Solomon Wilcots (analyst) – no change
6/F. Bill Macatee (play-by-play) and Steve Tasker (analyst) – no change
7/G. Spero Dedes (play-by-play) and Steve Beuerlein (analyst) – no change
CBS CHANGES: Dropped Don Criqui (play-by-play) and Randy Cross (analyst), who were the 8/H team last year on a limited schedule. None of CBS’ seven crews moved up or down in order.
1/A. Joe Buck (play-by-play), Troy Aikman (analyst) and Pam Oliver (field reporter) – no change
2/B. Kenny Albert (play-by-play), Daryl Johnston (analyst) and Tony Siragusa (field reporter) – no change
3/C. Thom Brennaman (play-by-play), Brian Billick (analyst) and Laura Okmin (field reporter) – no change
4/D. Dick Stockton (play-by-play), John Lynch (analyst) and Jennifer Hale (field reporter) – officially added Hale as permanent field reporter.
5/E. Chris Myers (play-by-play), Tim Ryan (analyst) and Jamie Maggio (field reporter) – officially added Maggio as permanent field reporter.
6/F. Sam Rosen (play-by-play) and Heath Evans (analyst) – Crew moves up from 7/G; Evans replaces Chad Pennington as analyst.
7/G. Ron Pitts (play-by-play) and Mike Martz (analyst) – Crew moves down from 6/F; Martz replaces Jim Mora and Charles Davis (who replaced Mora when he took the UCLA coaching job) as analyst.
FOX CHANGES: Dropped Gus Johnson (play-by-play), Charles Davis (analyst) and Tim Brewster (analyst), who were 8/H last year, and worked one game around their primary FOX College Football assignments. Brewster went back to college coaching as an assistant at Mississippi State this summer. New hire Erin Andrews will work with the A crew for the Thanksgiving Day game and NFC playoffs.
Al Michaels (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (analyst), Michele Tafoya (sideline).
NBC CHANGES: None for 2012.
Mike Tirico (play-by-play), Jon Gruden (analyst) and Lisa Salters (field reporter)
Chris Berman (play-by-play), Trent Dilfer (analyst) and Rachel Nichols (field reporter) – late Monday Night Football game in Week 1 only. UPDATE – Rachel Nichols was an unannounced late add as the field reporter for this game.
ESPN CHANGES: ESPN shuttled Ron Jaworski to studio work, so the main MNF crew will be comprised of Tirico Gruden. After a rotation at field reporter in 2011, Salters, who got a tryout as a field reporter at ESPNU’s telecast of the TicketCity Bowl due to Penn State’s appearance last January, becomes the permanent MNF field reporter. ESPN icon Berman finally gets to call a NFL regular-season game as he pairs with Dilfer in Week 1. Dilfer worked with Brad Nessler for the 2011 Week 1 late game.
Kickoff Weekend, CBS will carry five games. FOX will have seven, while NBC and ESPN will each telecast a pair of games.
CBS’ A crew of Jim Nantz–Phil Simms will have New England-Tennessee. The B crew of Greg Gumbel-Dan Dierdorf will call Indianapolis-Chicago. The C crew of Ian Eagle–Dan Fouts will be at Miami-Houston.
FOX’s A crew of Joe Buck–Troy Aikman–Pam Oliver will work San Francisco-Green Bay. The B crew of Kenny Albert–Daryl Johnston–Tony Siragusa has Washington-New Orleans. The C crew of Thom Brennaman–Brian Billick–Laura Okmin will have Atlanta-Kansas City.
FOX is using a pair of field reporters not assigned permanently to their Week 1 crews as Heidi Androl (Showtime MMA reporter and former Apprentice season 6 contestant; @HeidiAndrol on Twitter) will be with the Rosen-Evans crew at Seattle-Arizona, and Kristina Pink (Former WTVJ-TV reporter in Miami; @Kristina_Pink on Twitter) will be the field reporter for Pitts-Martz at Carolina-Tampa Bay.
NBC, after the Wednesday opener, will also show Sunday night’s Pittsburgh-Denver showdown with Peyton Manning’s first game in a Broncos uniform.
ESPN will have their traditional Week 1 Monday Night Football doubleheader with Cincinnati-Baltimore in the early slot, and San Diego-Oakland as the late game.
Listed are the TV network, TV/national radio announcers, DirecTV channel and Sirius and XM satellite radio channels. All times shown are local to game site:
Dallas at New York Giants (Wednesday night) — NBC (8:30 PM ET): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter). Westwood One Radio: Kevin Harlan, Boomer Esiason, Mark Malone (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 92 (Dal.), 93 (NYG). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (Dal.), 226 (NYG.).
Indianapolis at Chicago — CBS (12:00 PM CT): Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf. DirecTV: 708. SIRIUS: 91 (Ind.), 86 (Chi.). XM: 229 (Chi.).
Philadelphia at Cleveland — FOX (1:00 PM ET): Dick Stockton, John Lynch, Jennifer Hale (Field reporter). DirecTV: 704. SIRIUS: 139 (Phi.), 128 (Cle.). XM: 230 (Cle.).
St. Louis at Detroit — FOX (1:00 PM ET): Chris Myers, Tim Ryan, Jaime Maggio (Field reporter). DirecTV: 705. SIRIUS: 138 (StL.), 94 (Det.). XM: 227 (Det.).
Miami at Houston — CBS (12:00 PM CT): Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts. DirecTV: 709. SIRIUS: 136 (Mia.), 112 (Hou.). XM: 551 (Hou.).
Atlanta at Kansas City — FOX (12:00 PM CT): Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). DirecTV: 706. SIRIUS: 113 (Atl.), 137 (KC). XM: 232 (KC).
Jacksonville at Minnesota — CBS (12:00 PM CT): Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots. DirecTV: 710. SIRIUS: 104 (Jax.), 117 (Min.). XM: 233 (Min.).
Washington at New Orleans — FOX (12:00 PM CT): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa (Field reporter). DirecTV: 707. Westwood One Radio: Chuck Cooperstein, Tony Boselli. SIRIUS: 134 (Was.), 135 (NO). XM: 228 (NO).
Buffalo at New York Jets — CBS (1:00 PM ET): Marv Albert, Rich Gannon. DirecTV: 711. SIRIUS: 106 (Buf.), 93 (NYJ). XM: 226 (NYJ).
New England at Tennessee — CBS (12:00 PM CT): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms. DirecTV: 712. SIRIUS: 132 (NE), 92 (Ten.). XM: 225 (Ten.).
Seattle at Arizona — FOX (1:25 PM MST): Sam Rosen, Heath Evans, Heidi Androl (Field reporter). DirecTV: 713. SIRIUS: 91 (Sea.), 92 (Arz.). XM: 225 (Arz.).
San Francisco at Green Bay — FOX (3:25 PM CT): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver (Field reporter). Westwood One Radio: Kevin Kugler, Mark Malone. DirecTV: 714. SIRIUS: 86 (SF), 93 (GB). XM: 226 (GB).
Carolina at Tampa Bay — FOX (4:25 PM ET): Ron Pitts, Mike Martz, Kristina Pink (Field reporter). DirecTV: 715. SIRIUS: 139 (Car.), 94 (TB). XM: 227 (TB).
Pittsburgh at Denver (Sunday night) — NBC (6:20 PM MT): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter). Westwood One Radio: Dave Sims, James Lofton, Steve Tasker (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 94 (WW1), 92 (Pit.), 93 (Den.). XM: 227 (WW1), 225 (Pit.), 226 (Den.).
Cincinnati at Baltimore (Monday night) — ESPN (7:00 PM ET): Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters (Field reporter). Westwood One Radio: Ian Eagle, Boomer Esiason, Tony Boselli (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 92 (Cin.), 93 (Bal.). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (Cin.), 226 (Bal.).
San Diego at Oakland (Monday night) — ESPN (7:15 PM PT): Chris Berman, Trent Dilfer, Rachel Nichols (Field reporter). Westwood One Radio: Kevin Harlan, Dan Fouts, Steve Tasker (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 94 (SD), 85 (Oak.). XM: 88 (WW1), 227 (SD), 228 (Oak.).
2011 FINAL ANNOUNCER SCOREBOARD: Every week, we’ll give you a running scoreboard of network assignments. Who gets your team the most? How does each network prioritize the games? Your answers are below. Each game assigned to a crew will be listed after their names. Any mashup crew assignments will also be listed. Here was the final 2011 regular-season crew scoreboard:
2011 Weekly Assignment Scoreboard
CBS (Weekly assignments):
1/A. Jim Nantz (play-by-play) and Phil Simms (analyst) – PIT/BAL (1), SD/NE (2), NYJ/OAK (3), DEN/GB (4), NYJ/NE (5), BUF/NYG (6), SD/NYJ (7), NE/PIT (8), NYJ/BUF (9), BUF/DAL (10), SD/CHI (11), MIA/DAL (12), CIN/PIT (13), OAK/GB (14), NE/DEN (15), DEN/BUF (16), KC/DEN (17)
2/B. Greg Gumbel (play-by-play) and Dan Dierdorf (analyst) – IND/HOU (1), JAX/NYJ (2), HOU/NO (3), PIT/HOU (4), TEN/PIT (5), HOU/BAL (6), PIT/ARZ (7), MIA/NYG (8), DEN/OAK (9), BAL/SEA (10), CIN/BAL (11), NE/PHI (12), OAK/MIA (13), NE/WAS (14), CIN/STL (15), SD/DET (16), NYJ/MIA (17)
3/C. Ian Eagle (play-by-play) and Dan Fouts (analyst) – TEN/JAX (1), HOU/MIA (2), KC/SD (3), MIA/SD (4), OAK/HOU (5), JAX/PIT (6), KC/OAK (7), CLE/SF (8), CLE/HOU (9), PIT/CIN (10), TEN/ATL (11), DEN/SD (12), NYJ/WAS (13), KC/NYJ (14), TEN/IND (15), MIA/NE (16), BAL/CIN (17)
4/D. Marv Albert (play-by-play) and Rich Gannon (analyst) – BUF/KC (1), CLE/IND (2), NE/BUF (3), TEN/CLE (4), SD/DEN (5), CLE/OAK (6), HOU/TEN (7), JAX/HOU (8), CIN/TEN (9), HOU/TB (10), BUF/MIA (11), BUF/NYJ (12), IND/NE (13), HOU/CIN (14), NYJ/PHI (15), SD/OAK (17)
5/E. Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) and Solomon Wilcots (analyst) – CIN/CLE (1), OAK/BUF (2), BAL/STL (3), NE/OAK (4), KC/IND (5), IND/CIN (6), DEN/MIA (7), IND/TEN (8), MIA/KC (9), TEN/CAR (10), OAK/MIN (11), HOU/JAX (12), KC/CHI (13), BUF/SD (14), MIA/BUF (15), OAK/KC (16), PIT/CLE (17)
6/F. Bill Macatee (play-by-play) and Steve Tasker (analyst) – BAL/TEN (2), DEN/TEN (3), CIN/JAX (5), CIN/SEA (8), DEN/KC (10), JAX/CLE (11), CLE/CIN (12), BAL/CLE (13), IND/BAL (14), CLE/ARZ (15), JAX/TEN (16), TEN/HOU (17)
7/G. Spero Dedes (play-by-play) and Steve Beuerlein (analyst) – CIN/DEN (2), JAX/CAR (3), JAX/IND (10), TEN/BUF (13), IND/JAX (17)
8/H. Don Criqui (play-by-play) and Randy Cross (analyst) – KC/DET (2), MIA/CLE (3), BUF/NE (17)
Andrew Catalon (play-by-play) and Steve Tasker (analyst) – BUF/CIN (4)
Spero Dedes (play-by-play) and Rich Gannon (analyst) – CLE/BAL (16)
FOX (Weekly assignments):
1/A. Joe Buck (play-by-play), Troy Aikman (analyst) and Pam Oliver (sideline) – NYG/WAS (1), CHI/NO (2), GB/CHI (3), DET/DAL (4), NYG/NE (9), NYG/SF (10), TB/GB (11), GB/DET (12), GB/NYG (13), NO/TEN (14), WAS/NYG (15), PHI/DAL (!6), CAR/NO (17)
2/B. Kenny Albert (play-by-play), Daryl Johnston (analyst), Tony Siragusa (sideline) – ATL/CHI (1), SEA/PIT (2), NYG/PHI (3), NYG/ARZ (4), TB/SF (5), SF/DET (6), CHI/TB (7), MIN/CAR (8), SF/WAS (9), NO/ATL (10), DAL/WAS (11), CHI/OAK (12), ATL/HOU (13), CHI/DEN (14), GB/KC (15), NYG/NYJ (16), CHI/MIN (17)
3/C. Thom Brennaman (play-by-play), Brian Billick (analyst) and Laura Okmin (sideline) – PHI/STL (1), DAL/SF (2), ATL/TB (3), CAR/CHI (4), GB/SD (9), DET/CHI (10), ARZ/SF (11), MIN/ATL (12), DEN/MIN (13), MIN/DET (14), DET/OAK (15), ARZ/CIN (16), DET/GB (17)
4/D. Dick Stockton (play-by-play) and John Lynch (analyst) – SEA/SF (1), TB/MIN (2), DET/MIN (3), NO/CAR (5), CAR/ATL (6), STL/DAL (7), DET/DEN (8), TB/NO (9), ARZ/PHI (10), CAR/DET (11), TB/TEN (12), DAL/ARZ (13), SF/ARZ (14), NO/MIN (15), STL/PIT (16), TB/ATL (17)
5/E. Chris Myers (play by play) and Tim Ryan (analyst) – DET/TB (1), ARZ/WAS (2), ARZ/SEA (3), WAS/STL (4), ARZ/MIN (5), STL/GB (6), WAS/CAR (7), NO/STL (8), SEA/DAL (9), WAS/MIA (10), SEA/STL (11), CAR/IND (12), STL/SF (13), PHI/MIA (14), SEA/CHI (15), MIN/WAS (16), SF/STL (17)
6/F. Ron Pitts (play-by-play), Jim Mora (analyst) – MIN/SD (1), GB/CAR (2), SF/CIN (3), SF/PHI (4), NO/TB (6), SEA/CLE (7), ATL/IND (9), STL/CLE (10), WAS/SEA (12), CAR/TB (13), ATL/CAR (14)
7/G. Sam Rosen (play-by-play), Chad Pennington (analyst) – CAR/ARZ (1), NO/JAX (4), STL/ARZ (9), ARZ/STL (12), TB/JAX (14), TB/CAR (16), SEA/ARZ (17)
8/H. Gus Johnson (play-by-play), Charles Davis (analyst) and Tim Brewster (analyst). – MIN/KC (4)
Craig Bolerjack (play-by-play), John Lynch (analyst) – ATL/SEA (4)
Thom Brennaman (play-by-play), Troy Aikman (analyst) and Pam Oliver (sideline) – SEA/NYG (5), DAL/NE (6), GB/MIN (7), WAS/BUF (8)
Sam Rosen (play-by-play), Brian Billick (analyst) and Laura Okmin (sideline) – PHI/BUF (5), PHI/WAS (6), ATL/DET (7), ARZ/BAL (8)
Ron Pitts (play-by-play), Charles Davis (analyst) – CAR/HOU (15), SF/SEA (16), WAS/PHI (17)