List of Pro Bowl broadcasters: Wikis

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The following is a list of the television networks and announcers who have broadcast the National Football League's Pro Bowl throughout the years. Although Hawaii does not have a NFL team of its own, the Pro Bowl is still subject to the NFL's blackout policies, requiring the game to be blacked out within the state of Hawaii if it doesn't sell out all of its seats.[1][2] This restriction will not be in effect in Hawaii for the 2010 game, but will be transferred to the Miami media market.

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2010s

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Sideline reporter(s)
2012 NBC TBA TBA TBA
2011 Fox TBA TBA TBA
2010 ESPN[3] Mike Tirico Ron Jaworski and Jon Gruden TBA
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Notes

  • The 2010 game will be the first time ever that the Pro Bowl is held before the championship game. It will be held the weekend before the Super Bowl.[4] NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the move was made after looking at alternatives to strengthen the Pro Bowl.[5] The game was also moved up in order to prevent a conflict that would have taken place if the game had taken place on February 13 or 14 (CBS would have rights, and based on the 52nd Grammy Awards, would have moved the game to the Saturday, as they did in 2007), with the game facing against the NBA All-Star Game, Winter Olympics, and Daytona 500.

2000s

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Sideline reporter(s)
2009 NBC Al Michaels Cris Collinsworth Andrea Kremer and Tiki Barber
2008 Fox Kenny Albert Daryl Johnston Tony Siragusa and Brian Baldinger
2007 CBS Greg Gumbel Phil Simms and Dan Dierdorf Shannon Sharpe
2006 ESPN Mike Patrick Joe Theismann and Paul Maguire Suzy Kolber and Michelle Tafoya
2005 ESPN Mike Patrick Joe Theismann and Paul Maguire Suzy Kolber and Michelle Tafoya
2004 ESPN Mike Patrick Joe Theismann and Paul Maguire Suzy Kolber and Chris Mortensen
2003 ABC Al Michaels Dan Fouts Melissa Stark and Lynn Swann
2002 ABC Al Michaels Dan Fouts and Dennis Miller Eric Dickerson and Melissa Stark
2001 ABC Al Michaels Dan Fouts and Dennis Miller Eric Dickerson and Melissa Stark
2000 ABC Al Michaels Boomer Esiason Lesley Visser and Dan Fouts

Notes

  • In 2004-2006, ABC (who by the early 2000s, had been suffering through several years of dismal ratings) sold its rights to the Pro Bowl (which was a part of the Monday Night Football package since 1995) to sister network ESPN. In those years, the ESPN Sunday Night Football crew covered the game. Prior to the game being moved to ESPN, ABC considered moving the game to Monday night.
  • Under the eight year televising contract beginning in 2006, the network that broadcasts the Super Bowl will also get the Pro Bowl. Typically, CBS and Fox will utilize their "B" or "Number 2" broadcasting crew.

1990s

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Sideline reporter(s)
1999 ABC Al Michaels Dan Dierdorf and Boomer Esiason Lesley Visser and Dan Fouts
1998 ABC Al Michaels Frank Gifford and Dan Dierdorf Lynn Swann and Lesley Visser
1997 ABC Al Michaels Frank Gifford and Dan Dierdorf Lynn Swann and Lesley Visser
1996 ABC Al Michaels Frank Gifford and Dan Dierdorf Lynn Swann and Lesley Visser
1995[6] ABC Al Michaels Frank Gifford and Dan Dierdorf Lynn Swann and Lesley Visser
1994 ESPN Mike Patrick Joe Theismann Chris Berman
1993 ESPN Mike Patrick Joe Theismann Chris Berman
1992 ESPN Mike Patrick Joe Theismann Chris Berman
1991 ESPN Mike Patrick Joe Theismann Chris Berman
1990 ESPN Mike Patrick Joe Theismann Chris Berman

1980s

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Sideline reporter(s)
1989 ESPN Mike Patrick Joe Theismann  
1988 ESPN Mike Patrick Roy Firestone  
1987 ABC Al Michaels Frank Gifford Lynn Swann
1986 ABC Frank Gifford O. J. Simpson and Joe Namath Tim Brant
1985 ABC Frank Gifford Don Meredith Lynn Swann
1984 ABC Frank Gifford O. J. Simpson Lynn Swann
1983 ABC Frank Gifford Howard Cosell and Fran Tarkenton  
1982 ABC Al Michaels Fran Tarkenton Lynn Swann and Russ Francis
1981 ABC Frank Gifford Howard Cosell and Fran Tarkenton  
1980 ABC Al Michaels Howard Cosell and Don Meredith  

Notes

1970s

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Sideline reporter(s)
1979 ABC Frank Gifford Howard Cosell and Don Meredith  
1978 ABC Frank Gifford Howard Cosell and Don Meredith  
1977 ABC Frank Gifford Howard Cosell and Alex Karras  
1976 ABC Frank Gifford Howard Cosell and Alex Karras  
1975 ABC Frank Gifford Howard Cosell and Alex Karras  
1974 NBC Curt Gowdy Al DeRogatis  
1973 CBS Frank Glieber Alex Hawkins Bruce Roberts
1972 NBC Curt Gowdy Al DeRogatis  
1971 CBS Jack Whitaker Frank Gifford Bruce Roberts
1970 CBS Don Criqui Frank Gifford Frank Glieber

Notes

  • For the first four seasons following the AFL-NFL merger (1970-1973; 1971-1974 games), CBS and NBC alternated coverage of the Super Bowl and Pro Bowl, with the networks switching the broadcasts each year (when NBC televised the Super Bowl, CBS televised the Pro Bowl, and vice versa).

1960s

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s)
1969 CBS Jack Whitaker Pat Summerall
1968 CBS Jack Buck Tom Brookshier
1967 CBS Lindsey Nelson Pat Summerall
1966 CBS Jack Drees Frank Gifford
1965 NBC Ken Coleman Gordie Soltau
1964 NBC Chris Schenkel George Connor
1963 NBC Chuck Thompson Ken Coleman
1962 NBC Lindsey Nelson Chuck Thompson
1961 NBC Lindsey Nelson Frankie Albert
1960 NBC Bob Kelley Ray Scott

1950s

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s)
1959 NBC Jim Gibbons Van Patrick
1958 NBC Joe Tucker Van Patrick
1957 Not televised
1956 Not televised
1955 Not televised
1954 DuMont Tom Harmon Red Grange
1953 NBC Bud Foster Mark Scott
1952 NBC Harry Wismer Bill Stern
1951 Not televised

Notes

  • In 1954 (actually, January 1955), DuMont obtained rights from the Los Angeles Newspaper Charities to cover the Pro Bowl only one week before the game date. As they had trouble lining up affiliates to cover the game on such short notice, the telecast was cancelled.
  • In 1956 (January 1957), both NBC and CBS passed on the telecast. ABC apparently considered televising the game, but could not gain enough clearance of affiliates to televise. So for the third straight year, there was no telecast.

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