NBC Alters Format of Sunday Night Football, Costas to Anchor From Game Site

By Andrew Gauthier 


NBC is tweaking its Sunday “Football Night in America” pre-game program by focusing more on the “Sunday Night Football” game itself.

Bob Costas and the play-by-play team of Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth will chat up the game in the first 15 minutes of “Football Night” in addition to discussing the NFL news of the day and other important sports developments.

“We want to provide greater context for the game,” said NBC Sports topper Dick Ebersol. “We aspire to give the viewer the best seat in the house.” In another change, Costas will host the show from the stadium rather than from NBC headquarters in Gotham. Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann will remain in the studio offering highlights of the day’s games. More…